Paula Plum and Adrienne Krstansky star in "The Roommate," opening this weekend at Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
Paula Plum and Adrienne Krstansky star in "The Roommate," opening this weekend at Lyric Stage Company of Boston.

Rachel and Ross. Monica and Chandler. Phoebe and Joey. Everyone's favorite "friends" from the iconic 1990's sitcom of the same name are back and bringing musical laughs a-plenty in "Friends! the Musical Parody."

The national tour makes a stop at Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. It is one of several Broadway offerings this fall and winter from Lowell Management Group, the LMA's new management team.

The show celebrates the wacky misadventures of our favorite group of twenty-something pals as they navigate the joys and pitfalls of living in 1990s Manhattan. It's a seemingly typical day at Central Perk, the New York coffee shop where the gang hangs out. But then an unexpected runaway bride enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear.

The show lovingly lampoons TV's "Friends" in a delightfully naughty confection that plucks the best moments from the show's 10 years and recreates them through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp, winning over audiences along the way.

"Friends! The Musical Parody" not only keeps you laughing, but tugs at the heart strings, drawing audiences into stories we know and love. Since it is uncensored, it's recommended for mature audiences, so leave the kiddies at home.

Tickets are $29-$49 and on sale at the box office, online at www.lowellauditorium.com, or by calling 978-937-8688.

Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt@verizon.net.


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NEARY'S THRILLS AND CHILLS: Get ready for Halloween with Jack Neary's new play "Final Curtain," a comedic teen-thriller, on stage Thursday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m., at Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport. Presented by Acting Out Productions, it's directed by Neary with assistance from John Budzyna. The plot involves Jake, who invites his friends to a deserted barn behind his family's house on Halloween to play a board game he found at a yard sale. The game is called "Final Curtain," and as it proceeds, the kids realize they can't stop playing until they reach the Final Curtain. Tickets $20, adults; $18, seniors/students/members at 978-462-7336 or www.firehouse.org.

FALL FUN: Littleton's Cannon Theatre launches its season with the zany British comedy "Blackadder" by Ben Elton and Richard Curtis and directed by Shawn Cannon. Originally starring Rowan Atkinson of "Mr. Bean" fame and Hugh Laurie, best-known for "House," Cannon's romp into British humor opens Oct. 26 with shows Oct. 27 and Nov. 2, 3, 8, 19, 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees Nov. 3 and 10 at 1 p.m. Performances at 410 Great Road. Call 978-448-2108 or on line at www.thecannontheatre.org.

MORE FUN AT LYRIC: How funny -- or terrifying -- would it be to turn your life completely around? That's the premise of "The Roommate" by Jen Silverman, on stage at Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Oct. 19-Nov. 18. Featuring the talented antics of Adrienne Krstansky and Paula Plum, under Spiro Veloudos' direction, the show is the story of Sharon (Plum), a sheltered divorcee from Iowa who takes in a roommate, Robyn (Krstansky), a free-spirited, mysterious, lesbian slam poet from the Bronx who is looking to completely change her life. As Sharon starts uncovering Robyn's secrets, while sharing music, books and an occasional toke, she discovers a deep-seated desire to transform her own life. Tickets start at $25 at 617-585-5678 or on-line at www.lyricstage.com.