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
75
Avg Score

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you like ambiguity and enjoy a more cerebral experience.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared for an intense experience or don't want to read between the lines.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed this show, MCC also had a talk back after the sho... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Relevant, Must see

See it if You want to see some incredible young performers take on an engaging, dramatic story. This piece engages both the heart and mind - a rarity.

Don't see it if You prefer avant-garde forms of theatre to naturalism. You prefer subtle to dramatic stories. Very heavy subject matter.

Also My favourite kind of theatre is when no one is a hero and no one is a ... Read more Read less

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.

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Cliched, Banal

See it if you want some british/euro-style theater with intense young leads.

Don't see it if you're not in the market for swearing or working-class realism

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Epic, Intense

See it if You like theatre that makes you think and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Don't see it if You don't like strong language and violence

80
Great acting, Edgy, Relevant, Raunchy, Must see

See it if You are looking for an intense character study of the younger generation, with strong, specific dialogue.

Don't see it if You are turned off by foul language and suggested material, you are looking for a neat, conclusive ending.

90
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a good acting and aren't turned off by an unusual story or script

Don't see it if You want a more traditional show. This show has a lot of references to and implied sex and violence.

94
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if you want to see an edgy new drama; with a great cast.

Don't see it if if you like plays that are more main stream.

75
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you enjoy serious dramas about families and coming of age in a difficult world.

Don't see it if Violence, cursing, sexually explicit themes are deal breakers for you.

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if You're looking for a passionate, heart-wrenching, flawless piece of theatre.

Don't see it if You hate young people.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Riveting

See it if for the courageous acting of this ensemble. There are some truly dark moments and the actors threw themselves into it.

Don't see it if You are easily disturbed.

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.

79
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if Intense, very well acted

Don't see it if Subject matter is tough

40
Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if If you need cliched writing to make you feel something.

Don't see it if If you have anything better to do that evening.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting, Intense

See it if You enjoy drama that kicks you in the gut

Don't see it if You're not interested in shows based on character interaction more than plot

98
Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are open to seeing are hard hitting play that may be difficult to watch but equally rewarding. After the show I was in total awe!

Don't see it if You can't handle hard subjects, or you don't enjoy plays that break boundaries.

94
Riveting, Resonant, Cathartic, Romantic, Traumatic

See it if you want to plumb the full range of human emotions, recognizing in particular the significance of love in the face of shame.

Don't see it if You prefer not to explore outside the bounds of calm, unchallenging, safety.

93
Absorbing, Intense, Challenging, Sad, Hopeful

See it if you want to explore the humanity of people who make bad decisions/are crude and misbehaved. Realistic, heavy story. A challenge for actors.

Don't see it if you're off-put by crude behavior or heavy drama.

Also Each of the actors took on intense roles with a lot of demands. The ho... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you're into dark, well acted, theater

Don't see it if you want a big production, or something more lighthearted

82
Intense, Profound, Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You like to see an intense British drama on dysfunctional relationships and how their lives ended with misfortune

Don't see it if Can't handle too much disturbing scenes

Also Simple set with great lighting

100
Exquisite, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if you are open minded

Don't see it if you love sugary musicals.

82
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You like edgy British drama with amazing acting.

Don't see it if Don't like social drama with unlikeable character

75
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Violent, Disturbing

See it if you want to see some great performances.

Don't see it if violence disturbs you. This is a dysfunctional family.

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like an intense, unflinching look at family dysfunction, emotional issues, teenage angst. All about connection/feeling. Very engaging.

Don't see it if Cursing bothers you. If raw, bleak stories make you uncomfortable. If you want a happy ending.

Also The acting and the staging are excellent. The overall story is great. ... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Edgy, Raw

See it if you dig raw,brutally honest and surprising contemporary dramas that stay on you after the house lights come up/ incredibly committed actors

Don't see it if you are sensitive/triggered by high volumes of cursing/sexually explicit material, abuse/violence and/or mature content.

Also Watched a 9 year old and his mother quickly exit after the first act -... Read more Read less


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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