Already closed | 1h 30m | Gramercy

Do You Feel Anger?

From 165 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Quirky, Great acting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

About the show

In the Vineyard's new dark comedy, Sofia is hired as an empathy coach at a debt collection agency — and clearly, she has her work cut out for her.  More…

These employees can barely identify what an emotion is, much less practice deep, radical compassion for others. As they painstakingly stumble towards enlightenment, someone keeps mugging Eva in the kitchen, and the unspoken dynamics of their seemingly blithe workplace culture become increasingly unsettling. “Do You Feel Anger?” reminds us that change is not always easy, and may come with unexpected costs.

1h 30m | Already closed | Vineyard Theatre (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (165)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Quirky, Great acting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking
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Avg Score

80
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if Great writing. Characters are funny & infuriating at the same time. Very relevant.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy dark loud comedies​ that make you laugh and cringe at the same time.

Also Characters emotional volume is turned high up to make an extremely rel... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy dark comedies that explore serious & timely themes. Extremely funny & great performances from the cast.

Don't see it if You prefer superficial comedies that don't have anything to say.

80
Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You want to see a show that turns out to be genius though it takes its time getting there-at least for me-I didn’t get it till at the end.

Don't see it if You don’t have the patience to sit through what you might not get or understand or even like till you get what is a powerful message.

90
Disturbing, Hilarious, Devastating, Intense, Dizzying

See it if Wacko absurdist dark comedy. At the same time, deadly serious. Audience & protagonist are kept off-guard. Brilliant writing/acting/staging.

Don't see it if Oppressive power dynamics in an insane workplace will be triggering to you. You don’t enjoy crazy disturbing satire.

78
Uneven, Repetitive, Savage, Important

See it if you like work that is wildly inventive & has something to say.

Don't see it if you are expecting the traditional office comedy.

Also I found Mara Nelson-Greenberg's “DO YOU FEEL ANGER?” wildly inventive ... Read more Read less

43
Quirky, Edgy, Confusing, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you're looking for something out of the ordinary, even breaching into absurdity.

Don't see it if you're easily confused. Dialogue in this show makes no sense. I'm sure there must be some meaning behind it, but I couldn't figure it out.

72
Nonsensical, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny

See it if You’d like a lighter & funnier - though no less substantial - take on the #MeToo movement.

Don't see it if You despise phony/nonsensical comedy that barely seems to have a grounding in reality, even if it’s used to its advantage in the end.

70
Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Funny, Intense, Great staging

See it if you do not mind absurdly, over-the-top characters whose repetitive behavior change the important message of this play into a dulled exercise

Don't see it if you seek real comedy that is not at the expense only of women the workplace- much of this I did not find humorous, or you want a calm outing

65
Raunchy, Quirky, Ambitious, Relevant, Absurdist

See it if you enjoy absurdist theater which deals with relevant issues, not always successfully; annoying characters; silliness; some clever lines.

Don't see it if you only like realism on stage, not a play which wavers from realistic to absurd, with repetitive raunchiness, misogyny, workplace politics

80
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like dark comedies. Quirky and entertaining. The performances were effective. Surprised by bad reviews since my audience loved it.

Don't see it if you don't have a dry sense of humor, or don't like plays that can get bizarre, surreal and absurd.

66
Starts strong but loses steam, Raunchy, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You like satire and dont mind locker room language. this attempt to verbalize sexual harassment initially works but doesnt know where to go

Don't see it if You are not willing to look beneath the dialog to what is meant. you dont like agressive sexual banter.

Also I got bored after the "trick" went on too long. The attempt to build o... Read more Read less

85
Riveting, Refreshing, Excruciating, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if outrageous, unsettling, saddening. Good thing it’s a punch drunk comedy. You want to see a consistent, truly effective grotesque.

Don't see it if you aren’t inclined to feel anger, didn’t like The Thanksgiving Play, prefer characters/fleshed personalities to the sequence of impacts.

Also There’s a sort of comedy that comes from watching someone fail over an... Read more Read less

50
Raunchy, Indulgent, Dizzying, Cliched, Banal

See it if See if you can handle a dysfunctional office with highly emotional acting out behavior.

Don't see it if Quite disturbed characters with severely disturbing behaviors.

80
Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you can appreciate the employment of an exaggerated reality to make very real points about our society.

Don't see it if you enjoy the patriarchy.

81
Relevant, Hilarious, Edgy, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if enjoy "hyper" theatre - over the top acting and writing to highlight what's happening now

Don't see it if may not be for everyone - very over the top - could make people uncomfortable

84
Frenetic, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You're interested in the dynamics of how even well-intentioned & educated women often give in to men. Clever&absurd, but touching in the end

Don't see it if You don't like frenetic and over the top depictions, or aren't interested in MeToo issues. But you'll be missing out -this is powerful stuff

5
Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if a new UNFUNNY workplace comedy sounds appealing to you.

Don't see it if you were expecting to experience a funny workplace comedy and instead you discovered that it was some weird unfunny Twilight Zone story.

94
Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Theatre of the Absurd, scarily not so absurd. Strongly committed cast, incl. Justin Long,

Don't see it if Afraid to release inner demons,

69
Disappointing, Confusing, Entertaining, Quirky, Great acting

See it if you're intrigued by the dynamics & dysfunctions that play out in relationships (here, w/ coworkers, adult child/parent) & insights to glean.

Don't see it if you'll mind that depictions of those dynamics are limited & repetitive; characters aren't exactly relatable or likeable. Bravo actors tho!

64
Good acting, Slow, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if While the actors did a good job, they didn't have much to work with. This was a very poor attempt at what could have been a good storyline

Don't see it if You can't tolerate very silly presentations

71
Ambitious

See it if How the patriarchy grinds away women's will, especially at work. Shows what men might really think/say towards women.

Don't see it if #MeToo scenarios are triggering. Caricatures of hormonal, emotionally stunted men. Absurd and offensive, not quite in the funniest ways.

Also Ticket from Show Score, $5.

60
Irrelevantly vulgar, strange use of farce

See it if you want to see work by new writers and a director and you trust Vineyard to produce something challenging. Actors do the best they can.

Don't see it if you expect insight, a clear through line and some unpredictable plot lines. This doesn't offer any of that. Disappointing.

77
Intelligent, Funny, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if U like absurdist theatre--though this isn't as "out there" as most; want to see a good production of a promising young writer's work.

Don't see it if u prefer plots that are entirely realistic and characters who aren't stereotypes, dislike plays that try to stuff in too many themes.

Also I really disliked the ending and felt it didn't fit in with the rest o... Read more Read less

85
Quirky, Funny, Confusing, Clever

See it if you like unusual plays with much laughter at first that turns more serious; you enjoy quirky plays

Don't see it if you need to know what's going on all the time; you don't want to see a play involving self-centered men who don't understand empathy

61
Raunchy, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You are up for an office comedy, which offers a few laughs, but then relentlessly repeats them with no resolution. Some good acting.

Don't see it if You don’t like macho humor at the expense of women.


April 2nd, 2019
"Provokes many emotions: amusement, sadness, terror, frustration...A great play seems buried within 'Do You Feel Anger?'s' excesses, but Bordelon...hasn't quite figured out how to sustain the humor until the big narrative shift. The audience gets restless, and the men overplay their outrageousnes...
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April 2nd, 2019
“It’s funny, it’s mordant, and it keeps you on edge with a loopiness that masks something somber and truly frightening. It can feel a little crazed, but there’s no mistaking its fierce, embattled sanity....Bordelon smartly keeps the play zinging along...The nightmarishness of the men’s blithe, br...
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April 2nd, 2019
"Nearly all of its characters consistently deliver lines designed to be funny in their shocking incongruity. But once you're onto the trick, which is almost immediately, 'Do You Feel Anger?' becomes a tiresome, repetitive exercise that squanders its important themes...The talented performers work...
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April 2nd, 2019
“This comedy wrings laughter out of a dismal situation — one that, despite Nelson-Greenberg's heightened style, we recognize as our own...Through bold performances and specific design, director Margot Bordelon maintains the comical tone of Nelson-Greenberg's script without sacrificing any of its ...
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