This is Our Youth

This is Our Youth

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by Kenneth Lonergan
     
 

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This Is Our Youth, Kenneth Lonergan’s lacerating look at affluent young Manhattanites of the 1980s, depicts two days in the lives of three college-age Upper West Siders who are from wealthy families but living in doped-up squalor.

Dennis—with a famous painter father and social activist mother—is a small-time drug dealer and total mess. His

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This Is Our Youth, Kenneth Lonergan’s lacerating look at affluent young Manhattanites of the 1980s, depicts two days in the lives of three college-age Upper West Siders who are from wealthy families but living in doped-up squalor.

Dennis—with a famous painter father and social activist mother—is a small-time drug dealer and total mess. His hero-worshipping friend Warren has just impulsively stolen $15,000 from his father, an abusive lingerie tycoon. When Jessica, a mixed-up prep school girl, shows up for a date, Warren pulls out a wad of bills and takes her off, awkwardly, for a night of seduction. A wildly funny, bittersweet, and moving story, This Is Our Youth is as trenchant as it was upon its acclaimed premiere in 1996.

Editorial Reviews

Variety
Lonergan, whose ear for the way his characters speak is pitch-perfect, is no less attuned to the simmering potential in their silent hearts.
NY Daily News
This is quite simply, a sterling example of why we keep going...THIS IS OUR YOUTH is as good as theater gets.
NY Times
In a season in which some of the wise men of the theater have been trying to force-feed insipid fare...to young audiences, it's sheer relief to celebrate the return of a rambunctious and witty play about wayward teenagers and post-adolescents that doesn't turn youthful travails into plastic rap...THIS IS OUR YOUTH—by turns caustic, cruel and compassionate—is the real real world.
From the Publisher
  “In every respect, This Is Our Youth is as good as it gets.” —New York Daily News 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468309089
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
02/02/2000
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
410,519
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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