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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
79
Avg Score

72
Cliched, Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you can find humor in gay stereotypes and cliches and would enjoy 60 minutes of those various gay characters played out by one actor.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy one man show or display of cliched gay characters and humor.

78
Cliched, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy gay humor and stereotypes. If you liked Boys in the Band. If you appreciate one man creating a lot of different characters

Don't see it if you want to see a play with a plot

75
Hilarious, Great acting, Clever

See it if very funny one man show with the clever and witty Drew.

Don't see it if you don't like LGBTQ humor or one person shows.

72
Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of Drew Droege or enjoy shows where one actor plays multiple roles.

Don't see it if You dislike one actor playing multiple roles.

Also I smiled more than I laughed out loud. But I still enjoyed myself.

79
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Some very funny lines delivered in spitfire time. You can stay focused.

Don't see it if You expect to be laughing at everything. Some of it’s not all that funny but overall it’s worth going.

76
Ambitious, Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy a campy, funny, one-man show

Don't see it if you find 'gay' humor cloying and tire of only one-actor (playing several parts)

80
Slight, Very gay, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like gay humor and one man shows. Talented actor, playwright Drew Droege portrays a series of guests at novelist Doug’s birthday party

Don't see it if This show is very gay-centered, from the characters, to the references, to its sensibility. At an hour long, it feels flimsy. Has no plot.

Also Droege does an excellent job portraying the assorted gay guests at Dou... Read more Read less

70
Indulgent, Fluffy, Disappointing, Banal

See it if Average one man solo act of a gay man depicting his gay friends at a birthday party.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy gay themed plays. Acting wasn't bad storylines could be improved a bit.

77
Fluffy, Cliched, Funny, Clever

See it if you're looking for laughs, and you don't mind a cast of archetypes

Don't see it if you don't like a one-man show

78
Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You would enjoy a humorous one man show populated with gay stereotypes interacting at a party.

Don't see it if You avoid gay themes. If you want to see a profound work, or expect anything but to laugh for an hour.

Also Drew Droege is a very talented actor. His portrayals of the various gu... Read more Read less

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

40
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if An actor impersonating a few gay characters all attending a bday party in LA sounds good to you. Lots of stereotypes not much substance.

Don't see it if If you did not like” bright colors and bold patterns “. This show is even worse ( I know, unbelievable but true ). Very poorly written.

80
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy one-man shows on LGBT subjects.

Don't see it if You are easily offended or like a progressive plot.

81
Hilarious, Great acting, Funny

See it if you like a smart and funny collection of gay character monologues expertly performed. Quite entertaining.

Don't see it if you don't like solo performances. Or want some big dramatic moments or compelling social commentary. This is just a bit of indulgent fun.

70
50 minutes, One actor -party full of characters, Funny

See it if You want to eavesdrop on 41 year old gay writer’s birthday party-audience non-stop laughing. Actor/writer switches flawlessly between roles

Don't see it if You expect depth -there are laughs and witty moments but not a big emotional payoff

71
Indulgent, Confusing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want some light fast paced entertainment.

Don't see it if You want something substantial.

73
Cute

See it if You enjoy solo shows with multiple characters over the course of one night.

Don't see it if You don’t like solo shows.

Also Cute, funny

85
Hilarious, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you are a fan of Droege, who is simply amazing at changing characters so quickly. I felt I was really at Doug's b-day party-I had fun.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows; or gay characterizations; this has plenty. While cliched, we all have seen these guys at parties.

Also Happy Birthday, Doug-Here's to many more!

85
Indulgent, Clever, Observant, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if you would love seeing a one-man powerhouse explore a niche gay scene in Los Angeles with hilarious character work.

Don't see it if you're looking for a more layered narrative.

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.

86
Entertaining, Hilarious, Edgy

See it if You enjoy comedic one man shows where the performer emulates multiple characters.

Don't see it if You are offended or wouldn’t appreciate caricatures of several gay men who have come together to celebrate a birthday party of their friend

Also I am so happy that I stayed out late to see this production as I was t... Read more Read less

100
Tour de force, Hilarious, Dizzying, Clever

See it if you like "Buyer & Cellar," hilarious non-stop monologues, one-man shows, multiple characters, pop culture, contemporary gay humor

Don't see it if you don't like fast & furious one-liners & party people stereotypes, you prefer plot to crazy characters drinking & rambling

Also I missed Drew Droege in Bright Colors, Bold Patterns & now sorry! This... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Funny

See it if You've seen and liked Droege's other shows or videos.

Don't see it if You don't want to spend an hour watching gay men at their worst.

Also There's no particular depth or insight, it's just fun time, and there'... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You would enjoy a creative, fast-paced show with one man playing multiple characters.

Don't see it if You wouldn’t find what I said in my description above entertaining.

Also This was clever and a lot of fun, and only an hour. Drew Droege was en... Read more Read less

85
Great writing, Raunchy, Clever, Great acting, Funny

See it if You enjoy shows about an aspect of gay life, and don't mind a clever performer satirizing gay men. Solo performer Drew Droege is terrific!

Don't see it if You dislike shows that deal with the gay life style, and solo performance plays.


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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