Happy Birthday Doug
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Happy Birthday Doug
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Happy Birthday Doug NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(78 Reviews)
Positive
87%
Mixed
12%
Negative
1%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Cliched

About the Show

In this new solo comedy, Doug is turning 41. He's visited by friends, nightmares, a few exes, and a ghost. Imagine a gay Christmas Carol/modern day exorcism set in a wine bar in Silverlake. Welcome to the party!

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90
Delightful, Resonant, Insightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want to have some big gay fun! Very dishy! One man plays multiple guests at a gay party. Some actual substance between the laughs.

Don't see it if You can’t find the humor in the obvious gay stereotypes and cliches on parade here. One man show. Pretty well done. Fun. Read more

80
Delightful, Blithesome, Funny, Entertaining

See it if to celebrate Doug's bday in the company of his insufferable, endearing, maladroit & witty gay friends, all played to perfection by Droege.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate/understand/find amusing the stereotypical gay aesthetic; you're looking for a play with depth, gravity or heft. Read more

79
Dizzying, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you like your comedy fast and furious by a great actor who does many roles extremely well. Minimal but effective staging.

Don't see it if you have higher expectations after seeing Bright Colors and Bold Patterns - it is in the same vein but the content is not as strong.

80
Ambitious, Fluffy, Entertaining, Cliched, Clever

See it if Multiple one person monologues depicting individuals at a party appeals. Each character is unique in himself and his relationship with Doug

Don't see it if You are hoping for complex interactions or deep insights. Its A party!

75
Indulgent, Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Funny

See it if fan o Drew Droege, enjoy 1-person plays as actor assumes variety of roles, appreciate a gay male sensibility, can laugh at gay archtypes

Don't see it if not a fan of 60-minute, 1 person play, don't like gay content or don't find gay humor or characters funny. want more depth or insight

76
Catty, Cliched, Great acting, Clever

See it if Catty boys-only-who-dish hump-day soiree with intelligence:"Hetero-normative monogamy is a weapon of the patriarchy/Loosened my goose"

Don't see it if Like "Boys in the Band" minus the letter "S" for "Sixty-min-solo-show" or "Subtlety." "I know I wasn't invited/I cannot be held hostage" Read more

81
Clever, Quirky, Fluffy, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want a collection of characters at a party. You enjoy sketch comedy. You want an evening of light, fun entertainment.

Don't see it if You want something serious that deals with important issues. You don't like solo shows. You want a more fully formed show: it's very good... Read more

65
Raunchy, Indulgent, Cliched, Funny, Disappointing

See it if you are a devoted fan of Drew Droege and are satisfied with a series of impersonations of gay stereotypes that don't add up to much.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the concerns of a bitchy circle of gay LA show biz types. Read more

Critic Reviews (6)

The New York Times
February 16th, 2020
For a previous production

"Here’s a Vodka Stinger.: Drew Droege’s solo show is a laugh-out-loud funny social sendup, but it doesn’t add up to more than a series of vignettes."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 13th, 2020
For a previous production
TheaterScene.net
February 16th, 2020
For a previous production

"As an actor, the animated and immensely skilled Droege is peerless. Without any costume changes, by just utilizing his own talents and with the aid of artful strategic lighting fluctuations...Droege manages to continually look and sound totally different during this hour-long tour de force."
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Theatre is Easy
February 13th, 2020
For a previous production

Best Bet. "Both a scathing take-down and sweet celebration of white gay male culture, 'Happy Birthday Doug' is an uproarious gathering…execution is everything. And this is where the show shines…most important is Droege's expertise with a character's energy."
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Front Row Center
February 14th, 2020
For a previous production

Score: 75% "These characters blend together in a slow current, albeit often hilarious, looking for a destination. It is light fare delivered by a master story teller. I was hoping for something more layered."
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Off Off Online
February 17th, 2020
For a previous production

"Some of the characters rotate in and out of the action, and others have only a single scene, but Droege assumes their personae and projects their individuality with ease."
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