This Is Our Youth

  • Our critic's rating:
    Date:
    September 1, 2014

    "The acrobatics being performed in Anna D. Shapiro’s sensational, kinetically charged revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s “This Is Our Youth,” which opened...in a marijuana haze at the Cort Theatre, aren’t anything like those you’d find at the Cirque du Soleil. But they’re every bit as compelling, and probably (painfully) a whole lot closer to your own experience."
    Ben Brantley for New York Times

    "The production, from the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, marks a Broadway debut for Lonergan and its three actors, whose portraits are right on the money."
    Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News

    "Lonergan’s portrait of young adults fumbling for purpose has lost some of its edge — or maybe it was never that edgy to begin with. Yet under the sharp direction of Anna D. Shapiro, the actors are so in sync with the material and with each other that they lift up the show."
    Elisabeth Vincentelli for New York Post

    "The play itself is vintage Lonergan: wistful, funny, questing for a moral compass in a cold world. Plus, the cast is solid."
    David Cote for NY1/Time Out New York

    "Given a physically dynamic staging by director Anna D. Shapiro, "This Is Our Youth" is diverting, and frequently funny."
    Robert Feldberg for The Record

    "The sense of angst and purposelessness that its unloved individuals express is not limited just to their Gen X crowd but speaks to anyone who ever felt lost or rudderless at some point in their youth."
    Michael Sommers for Newsroom Jersey

    "This play clearly intended to appeal to younger audiences may have trouble attracting a significant Broadway crowd, with Cera’s presumed star power being a major factor. But while it would no doubt have benefited from being presented in a smaller theater, it’s still a pleasure to see its talented playwright making his long belated Broadway debut."
    Frank Scheck for The Hollywood Reporter

    "Anna D. Shapiro has chosen a winning trio of thesps and guided them to that sweet spot where they have a nice, easy rapport."
    Marilyn Stasio for Variety

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