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Happy Birthday Doug

From 78 member  reviews
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! More…

From the show:

Drew Droege returns to SoHo Playhouse following his triumphant run of Bright Colors And Bold Patterns (New York Times and Time Out Critics' Pick, now available on BroadwayHD). Doug is turning 41 today. He's visited by friends, nightmares, a few exes, and even a ghost. Imagine a gay Christmas Carol/modern day exorcism set in a wine bar in Silverlake. Welcome to the party!


Member Reviews (78)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Cliched

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.

Also While Droege is a talented performer, this material lacks the social c... Read more Read less

68
Slow, Quirky, Fluffy, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an actor/writer portray 8 characters in one hour. Or if a portrayal of various gay stereotypes at a party sounds like fun.

Don't see it if You don't like bare-bones one-person shows. Or if the drunk gay guys at a party idea doesn't appeal to you. I didn't find it much fun.

63
Fluffy, Insipid, Indulgent, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you want to spend an hour with every gay cliché. It is expertly acted but still a collection of stereotypes

Don't see it if you are not a fan of one man shows

66
Indulgent, Quirky, Fluffy, Dizzying, Funny

See it if You like one man shows on a bare stage with the actor doing multiple parts.

Don't see it if You want to see something a little more profound. The actor did a decent enough job, but the depictions seemed very cliched.

Also I saw Doug in Bright Colors and Bold Patterns and preferred him in tha... Read more Read less

51
Dull, Fluffy, Outdated references, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you feel that you need to see this new production by this talented team.

Don't see it if if you are expecting the fun, magic of Bright Colors / Bold Patterns.

56
Indulgent, Disappointing, Funny, Overrated, Cliched

See it if you are super gay and a bit drunk. It has it's moments, but not enough of them.

Don't see it if you are looking for depth or insight. Too filled with cliches for a better review.

52
Cliched, Quirky, Slow, Funny

See it if If you have an interest in funny gay theatre.

Don't see it if If you don’t appreciate cliched takes on being a gay man in LA/NY.

52
Short, Loud, Well performed, Dated, Cliched

See it if enjoy being trapped in a room full of obnoxious people.

Don't see it if you are looking for something fresh and worthwhile.

53
Meh, Stereotypes, Cliched

See it if you'd like to sit through an endless stream of gay gags, mostly drink and drug related.

Don't see it if you think it might be time to move beyond the same old tired stereotypes, though vividly portrayed.


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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February 13th, 2020
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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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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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