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The Untold Yippie Project

From 1 critic and 31 member reviews
Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

About the show

Sunglasses After Dark paints a picture of a divided and united America in its new play about a group of Yippies who shut down Disneyland. Based on a true story. More…

In 1970, liberal America seemed at the end of its rope. Out of the culture of flower children and free-loving hippies a new wave of radicals had emerged: the Yippies. Avant-garde and arrogant, the Yippies made their anti-war, anti-capitalist sentiments well known with their unique brand of in-your-face activism. When Terry, a wild but weary leader of the Yippies, gets an idea to organize a protest in Disneyland, he's looking for more than a chance to stick it to the man: He's also planning to dig into Clyde, a former Yippie and friend who has betrayed him.

The Huffington Post

"Fascinating and provocative...'The Untold Yippie Project' is fast-moving, exciting, and truly fascinating, with a young, energetic, and committed cast. Underneath the adrenaline-infused action and historical perspective, there’s also some sharp character development...Coughlin and LaBeach are perfectly cast in their roles...Schlossberg impressively recreates the mores and mindsets of that time period...'The Untold Yippie Project' is also stunningly relevant in 2017." Full Review

Intelligent, Must see, Profound, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You're a fan of the emerging fad that is three-dimensional theatre, and you don't mind a non-existent 4th wall.

Don't see it if If political plays, color/genderblind casting, or incredibly immersive theatre isn't your thing

Also I was extremely surprised at how much I enjoyed The Untold Yippie Proj... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You enjoy an untold story about little known history.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of dramatic relationships between people

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You want to further understand American history. Slow but builds into a cresendo. This is an important and fascinating story.

Don't see it if If you don't have patience for a rare gem of a story.

Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see great actors perform a show that is socially relevant, and like brisk staging and actors playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if You can't climb four sets of stairs, or aren't interested in counter culture topics.

Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You grew up in the 60's or 70's.

Don't see it if You can't appreciate 60's era.

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want understand a true story of young people trying to change society and the struggles it presents among the participants.

Don't see it if you do not have an appreciation for the late '60's, early '70's Vietnam War impact on society.

Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like dramas based on 70's counterculture see it if you like dramas dealing with the relationships.

Don't see it if if you have no interest in the 70's .

Also The actors were committed and put themselves out there in a very intim... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Heady, Well-staged

See it if you'd like to see an intense drama about an actual historical event, staged theater-in-the-round, in a different setting (downtown loft).

Don't see it if 1960s-70s U.S. history (anti-war) is not your thing. Well-written/well-performed, although a bit confusing when timeline flips back-n-forth.

Also New, unusual, but welcome experience. Well worth the trip downtown.... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if I felt the show could have been much better. Terry was a good actor. The show had potential, but it was a little disappointing.

Don't see it if N/A

Excruciating, Overrated, Interesting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy little known stories about the anti-Vietnam war counter culture, enjoy decent actors playing many roles, and narrative plays.

Don't see it if You get bored easily, as the show could have been cut down greatly, or enjoy nuance, as this show lacked it. Or have trouble climbing stairs

Also Bottom line: This should would have made an interesting short play. It... Read more Read less

Confusing, Slow

See it if n/a

Don't see it if n/a

Great acting, Quirky, Dated

See it if You're interested in learning a little more about the yippie movement.

Don't see it if You prefer plays with more action. This was kind of light on plot advancement.

Also The acting was good I just felt the play was slow and did a poor job e... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Slow, Dated

See it if You are interested in a short-lived political movement.

Don't see it if You don't want to climb up 4 flights of stairs. You don't like theater in the round.

Also The hard-working and energetic actors could not overcome the problems ... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Slow

See it if the only good reviews below are all from people with only one review who signed up just to skew the score; not cool

Don't see it if you want a straight forward enjoyable story

Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you are interested in very small theatre and don't mind climbing 4 flights to get to the theatre and then sitting in a warm room

Don't see it if you are looking for a story that has been fact-checked correctly.

Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated

See it if You want to see a fictionalized scree of an actual Yippie event by overwrought direction, way over-the-top acting and expositional writing.

Don't see it if You know thinly veiled charismatic activist Abbie Hoffman was bipolar and not just manic.

Also Your time is better spent by watching "Abbie Hoffman "Making Gefilte F... Read more Read less

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You enjoy sticking needles in your eyes

Don't see it if You have ANYTHING else to do in your life. The only thing worse than the writing was the direction and the performances

Intense, Slow

See it if Just ok.

Don't see it if n/a

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like revolutions and want to know more about a historical event no one knows about.

Don't see it if You don't want to have an engaging dialogue after seeing a piece of theater. You are triggered by police brutality.

Ambitious, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you enjoy quirky, out of the ordinary theatre, controlled chaos, & great staging

Don't see it if you don't enjoy documentary theatre

Thought-provoking, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Great staging

See it if Like shows based on true events.

Don't see it if You don't like plays trying to portray many scenes at once.

Slow, Needs more gas to be really engaging

See it if You like memory pieces that relates to a 'movement' taking place in 1969 at Disney.

Don't see it if You are looking to be emotionally involved. Or if you don't like a theatre style where the actors (mostly) tell the audience the story.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like an all-butts-on-the side-of-the-seats rollercoaster historical adrenaline-fest. Acting is awesome.

Don't see it if You need to climb a few flights to get to the theater.

Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You are in the mood for an immersive experience that uses an undertold historical event as the backdrop for a deep relationship.

Don't see it if You're dumb.

Epic, Must see, Relevant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to hear about an amazing story about a day Disney closed for a yippie "invasion". Amazing story and amazing acting!

Don't see it if You're under 15 or don't want to see police brutality