Already closed | 1h 15m | Chelsea

Angry Young Man

From 45 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Confusing, Clever, Funny, Ambitious

About the show

Urban Stages in association with East Hampton's John Drew Theater present the US premiere of this fast-paced British comedy about a Middle Eastern surgeon who immigrates to England,. More…

The doctor arrives in London in search of work and a new life. Instead, through a series of hilarious mistakes and hapless missteps, he runs afoul of both white nationalists and liberal hypocrites, and discovers some surprising truths about the way immigrants are viewed.

1h 15m | Already closed | Urban Stages (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (45)


Quirky, Confusing, Clever, Funny, Ambitious
Avg Score

Painful, confusing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if you like a show that has one character played by 4 different people besides playing other characters & are interested in an immigrant story.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy slapstick type humor that is confusing and hard to follow with a story that is hard to follow and characters that are boring

Inventive & clever, Extremely relevant, Great ensemble, Great direction & staging, Sharply funny

See it if You can open up to just listening to a story rather than the idea of being presented with a "play." Terrific cast, perfect timing, very fun

Don't see it if If you've forgotten what running once felt like, or that a broomstick at one time might have been a sword, a spear or a means of flight.

Also We're told at the top that "the actors will now tell you a story;" thi... Read more Read less


See it if you want a madcap show. The actors switching characters continually can be amusing. The show's air of levity is fun.

Don't see it if don't like mild slapstick humor and campy shows. The foreign accents can wear thin after a while. The plot can be a little hard to follow.

Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You want to support theater regardless of the quality of the material. The cast tried hard to overcome a mediocre script & lackluster songs.

Don't see it if You want to see a show only if your friends in it.

Delightful, Confusing, Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an entertaining show that deals with a serious matter in a very quirky and " light " way. They 4 actors are quite delightful

Don't see it if You expect a show with a very easy to follow plot. It is ( at times ) confusing and it doesn't help that the actors constantly switch roles

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like comedies

Don't see it if you don't like comedies

Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Quirky, Great acting

See it if You want to be entertain by energetic physical comedy & not be burdened with serious plots of xenophobia and racism. This is a comedy/parody

Don't see it if You are a grouch who hate goofy spoofy method of telling a story lightheartedly but still raise consciousness about a serious subject.

Also Absolutely delightful & entertaining out of the box innovative storyte... Read more Read less

Clever, Confusing, Quirky, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if Want to see four young actors in a very fast pace tale where the actors all are playing the same character.

Don't see it if If you can't follow a fast paced play

Confusing, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you don't need to see a clear, linear show

Don't see it if you don't like that the four actors switch in and out of each character

Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You're interested in the plight of immigrants. Want to see a show that is a refreshing take on a very relevant topic.

Don't see it if You want something completely linear and easy to follow. Are not interested in immigration or the current political climate.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if You like slap-stick comedy. All 4 characters play the same role it was delightful! I can't see anyone NOT liking this! I want to go again!

Don't see it if you have no imagination what so ever! If you can't see what they are trying to create and you just have no sense of humor.

Clever, Great writing, Funny, Quirky

See it if you would like to see a relevant and uniquely staged comedy on immigration

Don't see it if you prefer more serious or composed theatre

Dizzying, Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you like innovation and can appreciate fast paced and zany improv-like acting, and can be patient with some plot confusion!

Don't see it if you want traditional and linear "drama".

Also Give it a try! Needs some editing and reworking to cut some extraneous... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you like clever staging, creative use of the set and props, and good storytelling.

Don't see it if you don't like clever staging, creative use of the set and props, or good storytelling.

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you want to be entertained and challenged at the same time.

Don't see it if you are easily lost within a plot.

Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a great cast playing many characters. Bravo to director & actors

Don't see it if you don't want to see a story about the sad and vicious treatment of an immigrant

Disappointing, Annoying

See it if a the mother of one of the actors or the playwright

Don't see it if you aren't related to anyone in the show

Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Edgy

See it if you want to see young actors in a great ensemble production. good entertainment. good way to see up and coming young actors.

Don't see it if you are looking for a long play. this play is from 2006 but the themes are relevant today. if you don't like off or off off broadway shows

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if you need a good laugh. For fans of physical humor, it doesn't get much better. Some serious issues addressed, but not too directly.

Don't see it if you are looking for a serious drama, lots of costume and staging spectacle. Immigration issues are serious but not here.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Superb acting, very original play where the actors exchange roles rapidly and present the stage at their acting....An intimate theater...

Don't see it if you like to see an amazing acting with a great humor...

During previews
Draggy, Unfocused, Clever, Quirky, Labored

See it if you are enchanted by a clever premise (all four actors play the AYM) and inventive staging. But this picaresque story goes nowhere.

Don't see it if you get impatient. AYM wore out its welcome and delivered no insights. Ambling, rambling. Max Samuels is terrific; he's one to watch!

During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy storytelling. It's a good attempt at being quirky and interesting but it falls short on both counts.

Don't see it if You want to see a well polished show. The characters are not distinctive enough and the story becomes confusing.

During previews
Confusing, Dizzying

See it if you want to see an amazing actor (Daftsios) do really good work with physical comedy

Don't see it if you don't like four people playing the same part and using a lot of physical comedy that doesn't always work.

During previews
Excruciating, Insipid, Waste of time !, Loud !!, Confusing

See it if You have time and $ you are needing to waste ! You are a fan of constant pointless physical comedy. You like bad playwrighting !

Don't see it if You want to see a play that is worth your time. You know and care about good theatre. You know playwright or cast, too embarrassing !

During previews
Disappointing, Boring, Confusing

See it if You would enjoy a scripted play that sounds exactly like improv. Oh and you love dry British humour.

Don't see it if You want costumes that aren't drab identical suits. Unless you think it's clever to use random back stage objects as props.

March 24th, 2017
"Both entertaining and puzzling...The play veered off into directions that failed to provide a satisfying plot...The play is done in such a clowning, vaudevillian manner that whatever the playwright hoped to communicate is lost...The frivolous comedy is uncomfortable. I suppose I expected a comed...
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March 27th, 2017
"Playwright Ben Woolf, aided by the hyperactive direction of Stephen Hamilton, gets caught up in so much theatrical shtick that the point of the exercise becomes thoroughly blurred...It's a rangy tale...The finale is notably perplexing. The most distracting element of 'Angry Young Man' is its sto...
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March 24th, 2017
"Though it's ostensibly about racism, and what right-wingers consider 'that failed social experiment: multi-culti-ularism,' 'Angry Young Man' is, instead, a tour-de-force for four skilled performers to strut their stuff in stunning ways. And boy, do they."
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March 26th, 2017
"Stephen Hamilton directs a politically appropriate play, while making us laugh hard enough that we don't have to think about the connections to our current world if we don't desire to...As an ensemble piece though, the credit really goes to all...The true beauty in 'Angry Young Man' lies in its ...
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