The Verdict: Critics Review Broadway's This Is Our Youth with Michael Cera

The Verdict   The Verdict: Critics Review Broadway's This Is Our Youth with Michael Cera
 
Broadway's This Is Our Youth, by Kenneth Lonergan and starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson opened Sept. 11 at the Cort Theatre after a run at Chicago's acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre. This production marks Lonergan's Broadway debut.
Michael Cera
Michael Cera

Here's how the play is billed: "Set in New York in 1982, This Is Our Youth follows forty-eight hours in the lives of three very lost young souls: Warren (to be played by Michael Cera), a dejected nineteen year old who has just stolen $15,000 from his abusive, tycoon father; Dennis (Kieran Culkin), his charismatic drug-dealing friend who helps Warren put the stolen money to good use; and Jessica (Tavi Gevinson), the anxiously insightful young woman who Warren yearns for. Funny, painful and compassionate, This Is Our Youth is a living snapshot of the moment when many young people go out into the world on their own, armed only with the ideas and techniques they developed as teenagers – far more sophisticated than their parents realize, and far less effectual than they themselves can possibly imagine."

The critics have filed their reviews, and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers. Playbill.com will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

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Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County, Of Mice and Men) stages the three-actor play that played the Steppenwolf Theatre Company prior to its Broadway arrival.

Scott Rudin (Betrayal, A Raisin in the Sun, Death of a Salesman) is producing; opening on Broadway is Sept. 11.

This Is Our Youth was first produced Off-Broadway in 1996 by the New Group.

"Arrested Development" and "Juno" star Cera is joined by Culkin ("Igby Goes Down") and Gevinson ("Enough Said"). Cera and Culkin previously co-starred in a 2012 Australian production of This Is Our Youth, which was staged by Mark Brokaw, who also directed the 1996 Off-Broadway premiere.

Lonergan is an Academy Award nominee for "You Can Count On Me," which he wrote and directed. His plays include The Starry Messenger, Lobby Hero and The Waverly Gallery.

The production has scenic design by Todd Rosenthal, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. Original music has been composed by Vampire Weekend Grammy Award winner Rostam Batmangliji.

For more information and for tickets visit thisisouryouthbroadway.com.

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