'This is Our Youth' stands test of time on Broadway

Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:04pm EDT
 
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly two decades after its New York debut, "This is Our Youth," Kenneth Lonergan's play about privileged, aimless youth, opened on Broadway on Thursday with critics praising its young actors for their funny, spot-on performances.

The play, set in a Manhattan apartment in 1982, chronicles 48 hours in the lives of three friends on the cusp of adulthood, coping with life, parents and each other.

"Brat pack comes of age onstage," said the New York Post newspaper about the play starring Kieran Culkin, Michael Cera and newcomer Tavi Gevinson in their Broadway debuts.

New York's Daily News newspaper lauded the trio "whose portraits are right on the money," and the New York Times described it as "a sensational, kinetically charged revival."

Culkin, known for his film roles in "Igby Goes Down" and "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," plays the domineering Dennis, a small-time, drug-dealing bicycle messenger whose artist father pays his rent.

He constantly berates his friend, the wimpy, nerdy Warren, played by Cera ("Juno," "Superbad") for his lack of a sex life and dumb questions.

Gevinson, a fashion blogger who also had a small role in "Enough Said," is Warren's love interest.

After Warren has an argument with his father and steals $15,000 from his briefcase, he seeks advice and a place to stay with Dennis. The two devise a plan to make up the money Warren has already spent on drugs and to repay his father.   Continued...