Already closed | 2h 20m | East Village

Look Back In Anger

From 38 member  reviews
Members say: Dated, Ambitious, Intense, Great acting, Great writing

About the show

Celtic Lion Productions presents a revival of John Osborne's searing portrayal of the savagery of the human heart. More…

From the show:

"Look Back in Anger" revolves around volatile malcontent Jimmy Porter, his long-suffering wife Alison, and the best friend who bears quiet witness to their tumultuous, deteriorating marriage. When one of Alison's friends comes to stay with them, the four fight each other, fall in and out of love, and release their pent-up rage towards the outside world. It is a searing look at class, sex, politics and the angry, alienated youth living on the margins.

2h 20m | Already closed | Gene Frankel Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (38)

MEMBERS SAY:

Dated, Ambitious, Intense, Great acting, Great writing
69
Avg Score

85
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Nice updated version of an epic play Still resonates. Osborne was ahead of his time. Nice acting by entire cast. Space at Gene Frankel great

Don't see it if No happy moments, Theater had rest room problems. Play ran 1/2 hour over projected length

73
Turbulent, Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Intense

See it if you want to sink into the anger of 1950's British youth with all its harsh, loud language and treatment of others in a bleak seen future.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with shouting, door slamming and mistreatment of others. This is not a joyful or happy ending play.

23
Slow, Excruciating, Dated, Confusing

See it if You enjoy 1 dimensional overacting.And bloopers: almost knocking over ironing board. And picking up cup to smash since didn't smash 1st time

Don't see it if You want a professional well acted production. Lead guy kept garbling lines unintelligibly.

64
When i feel unrelievedly bombarded with angry words-i want there o be a point or lesson learned

See it if You like this playwright. You want to support this theater.

Don't see it if You want symmetry among the players. You want to smile. You want a big production.

Also I think this play must require a very light touch. We have to see the ... Read more Read less

68
Dated, Rambling angry monologues, Overrated, Banal

See it if you enjoy the playwright's work. Story is basically main guy's angry rambling on and on.

Don't see it if You want a story with a plot. All the rambling on and on leaves you wandering what's the point. Very dated.

71
Intense, Profound, Edgy, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of Osborne's writing and want to visit (or revisit) the world of the angry young men of British drama.

Don't see it if you have little tolerance for yelling and mild violence. The volatile relationships are intense and rapidly change from moment to moment.

Also I liked the first act more than the second, hence my lowered grade. Th... Read more Read less

73
Hard to understand, misplaced accent, Inappropriate change to script, Uneven acting, Dated, Ambitious

See it if you'd enjoy the revival of a play which was groundbreaking in its day & are familiar with the script;enjoy revivals;don't mind uneven acting

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding accents; expect to see the ending the playwright wrote rather than one that changes the play's meaning.

Also 1st: I had difficulty understanding the lead's accent.I also couldn't ... Read more Read less

61
Intense, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You're looking to do a comparison to the 2012 production or even the 1959 movie. This production pales in comparison to either.

Don't see it if You're looking for a polished production

69
Thought-provoking, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You don’t mind seeing mainly bad actors and a director who chat the ending when the original was better.

Don't see it if You would be better off doing something else.

50
Overrated, Well-acted, Relevant, Talky, Slow

See it if you want to see a bleak show about an angry and cruel man and those who tolerate, care about, argue with, and/or complain about him.

Don't see it if you want a light-hearted show and/or one driven by action. This show has some powerful moments, but it also drags in parts.

70
Dated, Cliched

See it if Good opportunity to see a classic that is dated and rarely produced...acting is uneven and choppy.

Don't see it if you want a play that is exciting...this o ne is predictable.

57
Show about anxiety, egoism and bullying, Why to revive?, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting

See it if Like the J.Osborn and want to see revival of his novel from 1950. Support cast or live nearby.

Don't see it if You do not need all that drama! Good people who have to deal with one person's anxiety, selfishness and hate are too scary to stop him

Also Find something better to do, honestly. Actors are good but play is not

58
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if you like "realistic" plays and characters who rage against the world around them including the people in the room.

Don't see it if you mind spending time with intensely dislikable characters who are treated as sympathetic. Mind bad men being portrayed as irresistible.

Also Haven't seen many kitchen sink realism plays or seen a different versi... Read more Read less

69
Looking forward, this revival needs a bit more anger after tea time!, Edgy, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Game cast needs stage combat training after delivering the most silent slap in stage history. Otherwise, a commendable job in a lil space.

Don't see it if Don't see if you're a feminist & despise women living with a anti-equality guy. Also if the title leads U to imagining violence onstage, not

70
Banal, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You enjoy going to remakes of famous works to see updates

Don't see it if You like musicals and comedies

75
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Agitating, Great acting

See it if U enjoy intense family dramas with very good actors.

Don't see it if U feel uncomfortable with men being belittling to others in a angry voice or prefer musicals. I’m not sure why this play con’ts to be redone

79
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if It's a classic for a reason. The cast are uniformly good, the writing is top-notch, and the staging is decent.

Don't see it if There's some cursing and infidelity, and it's not exactly a HAPPY play, but it's worth the seeing.

60
Uneven, Dated, Indulgent, Intense, Slow

See it if You want to see an iconic play about a cynical, depressing, relatively short-lived period of English social history of the 70s and 80s.

Don't see it if Coulda been even more depressing if it were intelligible. Some good performances in Act 1, but everything fell apart in Act 2. Everything.

80
Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if into a resonant production of a rarely-seen classic; want to understand how old interpretations were more about their time than the play

Don't see it if uninterested in the context in which this play resonates

Also Being a child of the '60s, I remember "Look Back in Anger" as a cultur... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing, Great acting

See it if A masterpiece of English theater as"the first totally original play of a new generation"(TheGlobe) Theatrical explorations on loneliness,*

Don't see it if A typical"Kitchen Sink drama" is not really your cup of tea.If u don't like Osborne's play,then you should not go,but u will miss a classic.

Also *alianation,anger,apathy & class struggle... Read more Read less

82
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a rare revival of an important play. But there is a reason it isnt done often - future writers improved upon it.

Don't see it if you dont like soapy, angsty drama. This is also a scrappy, bare bones production.

Also This play was the first of its kind. Its success spawned a ton of imit... Read more Read less

71
Overrated, Dated

See it if Revival of a play which was groundbreaking in its day but now seems dated. The original angry young man that may still be relevant.

Don't see it if you don't want to spend time with very unlikable people.

Also uneven acting and poor direction doom the play

75
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want a well-done production of a dense, intense play that may leave you a bit confused as to its overall purpose.

Don't see it if you need to be able to make out all the lines; you want perfect timing (lines were a little bit rapid fire at times, need more silence)

Also This production made me want to read the play as it was hard to really... Read more Read less

68
Intense, Ambitious, Dated, Disappointing

See it if If you are interested in a rough around the edges revival of JOsborne play in small theater.

Don't see it if You don’t like intense character driven dramas. Uneven acting, dragged at times. Some overacting. Ending made no sense.

75
At times intense, at others insipid, A story of disaffected youth who cannibalizes its chance at happiness, From the 1950s cold war to the 2020s new age of anxiety

See it if you like plays about unhealthy relationships, male angst and inability to cope with trauma and grief in a time of high general anxiety.

Don't see it if you don't care for plays about toxic relationships between men and women as well as female relationships that covet the dysfunction you have

Also This play spoke to me of male anger, unresolved childhood grief at a f... Read more Read less


February 18th, 2020
"In this production, though, Alison seems to have a reserve of strength at her core. We identify with her in her struggle to cope with the insufferable verbal abuse she takes from Jimmy (Ryan Welsh). As the action proceeds, she seems to emerge as the play's central character."
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