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“THIS IS OUR YOUTH”

The designer lets us in on one of his favorite off-duty must-do’s—a night on Broadway.

This is Our Youth, a new revival of Kenneth Lonergan's 90s drama, seen for the first time on Broadway, perfectly captures the tug of war between childhood and adulthood. The play is set during the Reagan era in New York and centers around three privileged Upper West Side teens and young adults.  The story of trying to figure life out after high school is  timeless and seems every bit as relevant today as when the play was first written and performed.

This is a three-character play, where each actor represents archetypes that we all know, regardless of when and where we grew up. Michael Cera, as Warren Straub, plays the shy boy, scared of girls, dealing with difficult family issues and he does it brilliantly. Kieran Culkin, as Dennis Ziegler, is full of bravado and energy and plays the cocky boy hiding his insecurities—we all know the type. Tavi Gevinson, making her Broadway debut, plays FIT student Jessica Goldman. Smart and flirty all at once, she seems lit from within and once again, we all know the girl who is torn between being a good girl and a bad girl.

We get to see the characters fight, laugh and in Tavi's case, dance dramatically, all taking place in Dennis' dingy studio apartment. Sharp, pointed direction from Anna D. Shapiro, the Tony-award-winning director of August: Osage County. A hyper-realistic set by Todd Rosenthal and pre-grunge grunge costumes by Ann Roth set the tone. It doesn't matter how old you are, everyone tries to find themselves in youth and that's what this play is about. Great writing, great performances, overall a cool night at the theater.”

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