Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Theater: Matthew Perry, the Immortal Chandler Bing of “Friends,” Writes Off Broadway Play for Himself


You never know who’s coming to NewYork theater next. This time it’s Matthew Perry, the immortal Chandler Bing of “Friends” TV fame. Perry has written a play for himself to star in called “The End Longing.” Directed by Lindsay Posner, the play comes to the Lucille Lortel Theater in May with a June opening.

“The End of Longing” had a prior run at London’s Playhouse Theater.

The storyline: An alcoholic, an escort, a self-diagnosed neurotic and a well-intentioned dimwit walk into a bar… Broken and deeply flawed, they find their lives irreversibly entwined no matter how hard they try to break free of one another.

Well, why not? The London reviews were not kind, but maybe the play has improved. But the audience liked it, and “Friends” fans Tweeted nice things. At the very least we can expect a good opening night with the likes of David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow et al.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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