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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Quirky, Confusing, Clever, Funny, Ambitious

100
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

71
Zany

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.

73
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

89
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like comedies

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

83
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

88
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

80
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
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.

94
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

78
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

89
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.

80
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.

79
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

84
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

85
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.

80
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
74
Quirky, Dizzying, Confusing, Funny, Original

See it if only to cheer an admirably versatile, gung-ho troupe juggle acting with moving props & witty sound effects--you're confused but charmed!

Don't see it if you're averse to tiny theaters, minimal set design, following dizzying story line and actors in multiple roles, or lack of plot resolution.

Also It will help to come fully alert and game for dizzying pace--The 39 St... Read more Read less

During previews
76
Delightful, Relevant, Resonant, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if You want to experience something different w 4 actors interchanging 1 role, can appreciate British humor, like physical humor.

Don't see it if You don't like any of the above. Need a linear show, don't have an open mind, can't see how show us relevant to society's views.

Also I have to say, this show can be a bit dizzying as 4 actors take on var... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Ambitious, Disappointing, Dizzying, Great acting, Dull

See it if you want to see a short show with a little humor and some good actors. If you like stories being narrated and acted out in an inventive way.

Don't see it if you find actors acting out every little word boring. It is a little excruciating to watch absolutely every movement and sound performed.

During previews
70
Funny, Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you are interested in imaginative staging good acting edgy plays

Don't see it if a traditional theater experience

During previews
78
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You like productions off the beaten path, masterfully exploring modern issues

Don't see it if You dislike slapstick, want musicals or have trouble understanding accents

During previews
70
Entertaining, Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you like physical comedy, 4 actors playing one part, not much plot, funny staging.

Don't see it if you want a coherent play about a topical problem.

During previews
70
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Banal, Quirky

See it if you like creative and good acting

Don't see it if you find the relevant subject matter treated in a less serious manner; it may be unappealing.

During previews
77
Ambitious, Funny, Quirky, Delightful, Intelligent

See it if quick wittiness entertains you, having a Greek chorus type evening floats your boat, you enjoy inanity!

Don't see it if Off the wall types of comedies do not appeal to you or you prefer straightforward acting in your comedies

During previews
73
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Good ensemble work, Confusing

See it if you're a fan of actors playing multiple roles, switching roles often, using accents and props cleverly; if you enjoy ingenuity and humor.

Don't see it if you need a linear, clear plot line; if you have difficulty keeping track of plays with actors playing different roles all throughout.


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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