Already closed | 2h 15m | West Village

Yen

From 148 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

About the show

MCC Theater presents Anna Jordan's play about two teenage brothers living alone with no adult supervision. Directed by indie theater vet Trip Cullman. More…

Bobbie and Hench are home alone. Days are filled by streaming porn, playing video games, and watching the world go by. Their mom rarely visits these days, and it’s chaos when she does. But when animal-loving neighbor Jenny takes an interest in Bobbie and Hench's dog, Taliban, the boys discover a world far beyond what they know. 'Yen' explores a childhood lived without boundaries.

2h 15m | Already closed | Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (148)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

55
Confusing, Slow

See it if Some good acting from the mom who shows her anger...

Don't see it if ...but plot is very slow-paced and confusing to follow. 2 hours 18 minutes.

54
Slow, Disappointing

See it if I get so upset with shows like this. The characters were all well written and the acting was good but the problem is nothing really happene

Don't see it if d. The could have done amazing things with these interesting characters but dropped the ball on it.

51
Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if You like strange, if you like crazy weird characters, if you like plots that make you work to understand.

Don't see it if If You find English accents hard to understand. If You do not like cursing. If you don't like violence and nutsy characters.

Also Set is dirty empty room in which two half brothers live or exist barel... Read more Read less

55
Cliched, Disappointing, Edgy, Overrated, Great acting

See it if you're into tough, edgy, British dramas with strong language meant to expose the violent, ugly underbelly of poor, uneducated society

Don't see it if you're bothered by violence, abrasiveness, and strong language all at the service of a supposed "edginess" that doesn't feel fresh

67
Disappointing, Edgy, Intense, Quirky, Confusing

See it if Like disjunction all family drama with hard to understand English accents and characters you will not like

Don't see it if Want good theater left at intermission

68
Cliched, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Overrated

See it if some great performances and some great writing by some exciting young talents are enough to appeal to you

Don't see it if you want something new

Also The show was very well-written and the playwright seems to have a quit... Read more Read less

68
Ambitious, Tried too hard to be edgy

See it if you like imitations of angry british plays of the 50's & 60's & if you want to view justice smith's amazing physical/ acting tour de force

Don't see it if you don't like loud, rap like, sad plays about dysfunctional families offering no hope.

68
Edgy, Intense, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like Sam Shepard.

Don't see it if You want hearts, flowers and puppies.

52
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Great acting

See it if like Shameless, don't mind waiting for a story to get interesting, and don't mind characters who yell and scream on stage.

Don't see it if you want to see good theater with well-developed characters who have some type of redeeming quality.

Also People left the show before intermission, and many did not come back a... Read more Read less

60
Banal, Disappointing, Edgy, Slow, Intense

See it if You like Plays about British people suffering. Edgy, dark plays.

Don't see it if You want to walk out feeling impowered or uplifted.

55
Indulgent, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You like vulgar shows with boring uninspired writing trying to pack an emotional punch. This play just didn't do it for me.

Don't see it if If you don't want to waste your precious money.

60
Ambitious, Intense, Mean-spirited, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you enjoy suffering. One low after another. No break in emotional continuity. Just down, down, down.

Don't see it if you need to do laundry. That would be time better spent.

59
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in unusual theater - this is different from everything else I remember seeing recently. (But it is also very troubling.)

Don't see it if You have issues with sexual assault, animal harm, and/or mental illness.

During previews
69
Edgy, Intense, Relevant, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if Committed acting by principals cannot overcome manipulative writing about economically lost British lower class Hedges & LaVie Owen standout

Don't see it if Jordan's dark script is often contrived & bleak humor fails to leaven but worth a look Cullman's punk operatic staging is a (rare) misstep

During previews
65
Great acting, Excruciating, Intense, Slow, Bleak

See it if you want to see powerful acting by Lucas Hedges and Justice Smith and like depressing dramas about the underclass.

Don't see it if have trouble with thick British accents and avoid plays with sexual themes, violence and foul language.

Also The young actors are terrific, but the play wears out its welcome in t... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Ambitious, Excruciating, Slow, Great acting

See it if The slow pace in the first act, which was almost 90 minutes, made it hard to connect with the characters developed at an equally slow pace

Don't see it if I left at intermission, I admit it.

During previews
51
Cliched, Edgy

See it if You like angry Brit drama.

Don't see it if You want something original.

During previews
65
Disappointing, Edgy, Indulgent, Intense, Raunchy

See it if want young oriented british play

Don't see it if you want light entertaining theater

Also Why would this theater company who relies heavily on older subscriptio... Read more Read less

During previews
64
Raunchy, Intense, Confusing, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if complex, confusing family dynamics is your thing.

Don't see it if two troubled, abandoned brothers with no direction for 2+ hours carry on. And, trying to muster up compassion is out of the question.


January 31st, 2017
“These feral creatures, who live on their own in a rancid apartment in a suburban London housing project, are portrayed with equal sensitivity and fierceness by Lucas Hedges and Justice Smith…’Yen’ is a thoughtful play, for sure, but too often you’re aware of the wheels churning behind it...You m...
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January 31st, 2017
“Writing with vigor and sympathy, Jordan evokes the boys’ volatile combination of poverty, misogyny and piss-poor communication skills, and Trip Cullman once again adeptly charts a modern teenage wasteland. Although ‘Yen’ peters off after its climax, the intense and soulful Hedges and the astound...
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January 31st, 2017
"Were 'Yen' content to explore this one situation, it might be a successful-enough lost-boy social drama…But it is much more ambitious and open-ended than that, reaching toward the bigger and bleaker greatness of poetic dramas like 'Of Mice and Men'…The play and production never make a false step...
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January 31st, 2017
“The play doesn’t offer so much a slice of life as a barely digestible bite…The play’s descent into turgid, contrived melodrama at least rescues it from the tediousness that had preceded it...Director Trip Cullman tries to energize the slow-paced proceedings with jarring sound effects and video p...
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