This is Our Youth

This is Our Youth 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 from his father an abus

  • Title: This is Our Youth
  • Author: Kenneth Lonergan
  • ISBN: 9781585670185
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.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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    1. Once upon a time, I was the president of my college theater group and I can't say how many times this play came up as an option to be produced. I never read the play - I heard the plot synopsis and I was sold on the spot - slacker youths, drugs and sex, lots of cursing, and that it had somehow stood out as the quintessential play in the genre. For all those same reasons, my fellow board members routinely voted it down not that we always did such clean, happy shows, but I'm just saying that my cr [...]

    2. It's a wonderful character study that shows how intelligent, unique, young adults who are slackers can be both insightful and pathetic.I learned that the line between success and failure is a fine one in all areas of our lives. We can easily become stuck in cycles, delve deeper into our eccentricities and just as easily find hope, acceptance, and love.

    3. Some of the dialogue is overwrought and contradictory, the characters don't always act consistently or even in their own best interests. Their views are far from fully formed but expressed vehemently. A fairly accurate and funny emotional snapshot of being young then? Yes.

    4. kenneth lonergan gives us a play that feels like bogosian considering the distresses of white urban rich kids, overflowing with the anger and issues that haunt people who have graduated high school and have nowhere else to go, but because theyre rich find the going noncompulsory. it's about three teens, two guys and a girl, and it's about friendship and power dynamics and how we process feelings when we're used to being degraded and diminished. there's lots of drugs and lots of cursing and maybe [...]

    5. Knowing people in real life who are almost exact replicas of these characters made this play ever so real and close. This is a stunningly accurate portrayal of American youth in a timeless way. The themes of desperate altruism in a time of economic oppression ring just as true in the Reagan era as in the Trump era. This play puts a lot of focus on language (something I love and prefer anytime I read a play) and allows us to look at each character not for just how they present themselves to their [...]

    6. The first Lonergan play I've read and it has only gone further to confirm my suspicion that he is a genius after he's released three masterpieces in a row with You Can Count On Me, Margaret, and Manchester-by-the-Sea. His ability to capture the essence of a teenager surpasses that of almost any other artist I can think of.

    7. This is Our Youth captures the angst young people are left with by their elders (exacerbated by their peers). A reminder of 'our youth' whether it was in the 80s in New York, USA or the 80's in Cork, Ireland. We knew nothing and everything. And we will never again know as much or as little.

    8. I enjoyed this. Very "slice of [bleak] life," with some excellent character work. The last 20 or so pages really elevated it. I wish the first act had had a bit more momentum.

    9. LOVED THIS PLAY. So much that as soon as I finished it, I started again from the beginning and simply highlighted every moment—and there are many—of its everyday poetry.

    10. Actual rating: 4I don't know if it's because of my newfound love for Lonergan's clean, simple, familial writing, or if it's because my lover Mark Ruffalo (who played Warren) was cast in the opening of this play. Either way, I think this is a lovely play, especially for younger audiences who are thinking of getting into playwriting or just reading plays in general. The dialogue was messy, as any young adult's would be, fun, wild, andveryengaging. Could easily be put up by a female character, and [...]

    11. I really did not like this play. It felt more like a chore or a job assignment. Nothing is resolved in this. Nothing. Conversations go nowhere. Sometime that works, but they have to be interesting. Take conversations in things like, Pulp Fiction. Sure, sometime people have short conversations that don't lead to anything, especally people this age, but it doesn't always translate well to paper. At one point, I thought thing were going to get a little more interesting when one character decides to [...]

    12. I had to read this play for my Intro to Acting class! It is the first play that we will be performing this term. To be honest, I don't really have any strong feelings towards this play. I feel like there's a lot more depth to it than it ultimately appears, but I also didn't really find it that interesting. There are only three characters that make an actual appearance during the play, though others are spoken of. The plot is vague, and I don't really think it's super strictly followed mostly, st [...]

    13. Ok, I am reluctant to give a 5 star review to a play without having actually seen it performed but I can only imagine how great this would be put on stage given how much I loved it on the page. It's so funny! With so many great monologues and running jokes. I love how the characters sound like real teenagers, chatting a mixture of absolute shit and quick-fire insults with a few dashes of precocious intelligence thrown in. My only criticism is that all the excellent monologues are given to the tw [...]

    14. Warren has stolen $15,000 from his lingerie mogul father after getting kicked out of his house and runs to Dennis's place. Dennis is a do-nothing drug dealer and yet the person Warren looks up to and mimics. While camping out, the boys get a plan for how to both spend the money and return it at the same time. And in comes Jessica, Dennis's ex-girlfriend's friend and Warren's crush. Thrown together, readers see the real life portrayal and dialogue of two friends and a budding relationship. Very a [...]

    15. Like most of everyone on here, this was a play that was thrown a lot to be produced at my university when I was there. Not only in the theater department, but also in the film school - lots of scenes from the play were filmed for assignments.Besides working on this in more ways than one, id never sat down and read the whole thing. Glad I did.Hit weirdly close to home- although I am not a suburban youth from the 80s living in NY? It hurt a little to read. Nostalgic almost?I'm not a drug dealer, f [...]

    16. I read this on a whim. Some classmates did a scene from this, so I was curious about the rest of the play.I didn't really need to be. The scene they did (the second one between Warren and Jessica) was pretty much the best part. I don't know if it's just not for me or if it doesn't work anymore or if I'm all played out. I was very "meh" through the whole thing. I didn't really care what happened.I wouldn't recommend this unless someone needed a young male/female scene. Or young male/male scene, t [...]

    17. Lonergan is exactly what I aim for when writing dialogue (and admittedly fall short). The man just knows how to turn a phrase AND have it sound like that character and only that character should have said it. I'm now awaiting his other plays in the mail and if you haven't seen Lonergan's YOU CAN COUNT ON ME, I recommend it.

    18. This play is sort of a miracle really. Unlikable, two-dimensional characters in cardboard situations that somehow no only hold your interest, but escape didactic overreach, psychological reduction, and cliche. I would definitely NOT want to see a less than brilliantly acted and directed production, however.

    19. Three-character comic drama, manages to be taut and comprehensive simultaneously. The dialogue is excellently drawn. The action hems and haws a bit, although that is certainly a part of the play's charm. And given the characters' ages and backgrounds, given that what's past is prologue for these privileged kids, this hemming and hawing may well be the play's real theme.

    20. Maybe one of the most painful plays I have read this year. This play shows the self-destruction of boys, two late-teen/early 20's life over a two day period. Is it written well, yes. But if it is painful to watch/read their pain.

    21. Personnages drôles et complexes. Deux gars et une fille dans la jeune vingtaine. Récit bien ficelé, captivant et rythmé. On sent un peu trop l'influence des années 90 à mon goût. A probablement inspiré des pièces comme Red Light Winter ou The Aliens. À lire.

    22. 3.5. I did like it more than the average book but now that it's been a couple months since I read it (updating this on Nov. 1, 2016) 4 stars seemed to be a bit too much. The characters weren't "likable" but they don't have to be they felt real, which is infinitely more important.

    23. This spare drama focusing on three youngsters from upper class families on the Upper West Side of Manhattan is a decadently humorous slice of life from the 1980s. It’s a voyeuristic gaze into awkward romance, twisted hero-worshipping, broken families, drug use, and the lingering effects of tragedy.

    24. Uncomfortably close to the real-life interactions of many people I knew in college, and myself for a time. I think I've outgrown this way of interacting with people? Really like the idea of Culkin and Cera in those roles.

    25. Proves that stoner writing can be high art. Best play about the 80s youth; I could read it a hundred times (and probably will).

    26. I read this for scene work in an acting class I'm taking right now. I would be eager to see it performed, but I reading it, I wasn't all that impressed.

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