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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

76
Fluffy, Cliched, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for a short, funny, solo show without much substance.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through an hour of gay cliches.

85
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you love funny solo shows or enjoy accurate portrayals of gay stereotypes.

Don't see it if you can’t stand solo shows or low budget productions.

85
Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like funny one man shows that really depicts gay culture

Don't see it if you want something flashy, this is a well performed one man show

Also This show is relatable for anyone, and the concept of aging, however, ... Read more Read less

79
Cliched, Delightful, Indulgent, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like one-man shows and stories about gay men. Drew Droege's character work was a joy to watch.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows or shows with gay characters, or you're looking for shows with any female characters.

Also I rarely go to shows at Soho because I find their seats to be some of ... Read more Read less

81
Quirky, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you'll enjoy seeing Drew Droege in another 1-man show. He is fun to watch & captures all the characters at a gay man's bday party charmingly

Don't see it if You're offended by a little raunch or need more than one actor on stage.

77
Great writing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy a well-written and acted monologue with many characters.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a gay actor pocking fun at gay stereotypes.

Also Didn't quite enjoy as much as his previous show which was incredibly f... Read more Read less

81
Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like entertaining, well acted solo shows.

Don't see it if You're looking for a family show. Leave the kids under 12 at home.

90
Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want to laugh! Actor portrayed many parts & was fabulous & funny! The audience was laughing most of the show.

Don't see it if you are with homophobic.

72
Entertaining, Edgy, Funny

See it if you enjoy one person shows that portray various gay men with “inside” jokes and campy humor.

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy one person shows and/or you prefer serious dramas.

75
Fluffy, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like one man show with many characters. It's light fun.

Don't see it if You don't like one man show. Looking for something serious.

84
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy one actor playing multiple gay characters. Drew Droege is amazing as he alters from one character to another so effortlessly.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one man shows or anything to day with gay stereotypes. For a one man show, it was very well done/performed.

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.

90
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like gay-themed theater that explores issues of gay relationships, drugs/alcohol in a humorous way

Don't see it if you're not into one man shows

Also I will admit that that this show is really for my demographic: 30+ urb... Read more Read less

91
Dizzying, Great writing, Hilarious, Great acting, Clever

See it if you enjoy an actor's tour de force channeling characters both wildly exaggerated and hilariously true-to-life

Don't see it if you can't take one-person shows or raw lightning-fast comedy or explicit gayness

90
Delightful, A romp, Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of Drew Droge’s work. Snappy dialogue and solo performance work.

Don't see it if You are not Interested in solo work, or if you crave the other person on the other side of the conversation.

Also This is a concise 55 min play. I felt that even though we bounce aroun... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Clever, witty writing. Amusing characterizations, Accomplished character delineation Talented actor Fun show

Don't see it if Humor is entirely gay so if you don't appreciate that you won't like this show.

100
Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy one-person shows where the actor plays multiple characters.

Don't see it if You don’t like gay topics

72
Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy funny spoofs of gay life

Don't see it if You don’t know much about the gay scene and gay cliches

Also One-man show with a clever performer assuming multiple character roles

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.

75
Entertaining, Clever, Funny

See it if You are a Droege fan or you are looking for a diverting hour of entertainment perhaps best viewed with one of the cocktails on offer.

Don't see it if You are hoping for a repeat of Bright Colors and Bold Patterns. This is clever but does not reach that high mark.

Also It's fun but the hilarity feels forced and sometimes exhausting at the... Read more Read less

86
Edgy, Hilarious, Clever

See it if you like to laugh at gay stereotypes turned on their ear.

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor or don't like one man shows or bitchy gay people.

90
Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if You want to have a good laugh. It was very clever with one man playing many different characters at a birthday party.

Don't see it if If you do not like one man shows or do not like gay themes.

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.

80
Hilarious, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to enjoy a relaxing and funny night

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows

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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