Angry Young Man
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Angry Young Man

Angry Young Man NYC Reviews and Tickets

(45 Ratings)
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,.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (45)

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393 Reviews | 101 Followers
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. Read more

69 Reviews | 16 Followers
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.

122 Reviews | 23 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like comedies

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

116 Reviews | 53 Followers
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. Read more

102 Reviews | 90 Followers
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

55 Reviews | 16 Followers
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.

100 Reviews | 16 Followers
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.

90 Reviews | 11 Followers
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". Read more

Critic Reviews (12)

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 comedy with more serious overtones considering the subject matter. That said, all four actors pull off a very difficult piece, as they seamlessly switch roles and change accents throughout."
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Lighting & Sound America
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 story theatre approach, which weighs down the action with extra-theatrical gags that aren't that funny...The time is ripe for a really cutting satire on the state of England today, but this isn't it."
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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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Theatre is Easy
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 Marx Brothers brand of comedy: fast-paced, yet at times understated...It isn't seamless, but it's still a joy to watch these versatile actors."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
March 24th, 2017

“It deals...with the hot-button issue of immigration, is conceptually imaginative and cleverly staged, and enjoys the services of four personable young actors. None of these things, though, is a strong enough medicine to cure the greatest ailment afflicting any farce: it's not very funny...The cast is lively, versatile, and technically proficient...The material forces them to strain too hard, which only makes it more uncomfortable to watch their stuff fall flat.”
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Times Square Chronicles
March 23rd, 2017

"This is comedy at its broadest with Christopher Daftsios their ring leader with every loud noise and obnoxious mugging possible...Did the audience laugh? Yes. Did I understand why? No. I understand the cleverness of it, but this is a serious subject to me, and I am not a fan of broad comedy. The direction by Stephen Hamilton was perfection, with comedic timing that never lost a beat...In the end the show rambled too much, was too confusing, and hard to take."
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Off Off Online
March 28th, 2017

“A Swiftian satire, funny on the surface with plenty that’s disturbing underneath. The play is filled with surprises and notable for its narrative vigor…As individuals, these actors are superb physical comedians; as a foursome, they’re a well-calibrated ensemble…Director Stephen Hamilton keeps the action moving at breakneck speed around the tiny stage…Hamilton and his cast ensure that the wacky, tangled narrative stays clear and the dramatic personae are distinct.”
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Manhattan Digest
April 4th, 2017

“Director Stephen Hamilton conducts this incredibly nimble cast like a precisely engineered Swiss watch…Thanks to the rapid-fire dialogue and high jinks, the 80-minute Off-Broadway piece moves as though it were a high-speed locomotive…What makes ‘Angry Young Man’ so entertaining is not necessarily the story, but rather the breakneck choreography and antics that are so well executed by this terrific cast. Sometimes, laughter is enough.”
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