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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.

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  “In every respect, This Is Our Youth is as good as it gets.” —New York Daily News 
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585670185
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Kenneth Lonergan is a playwright, screenwriter, and director whose work for the stage includes Lobby Hero and The Waverly Gallery. He is the writer and director of the acclaimed film Margaret and received Academy Award nominations for his screenplays for You Can Count On Me and Gangs of New York.

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