This is Our Youth - Chicago

BroadwayBlog987
Swing
joined:11/29/10
This is Our Youth - Chicago
Posted: 6/11/14 at 01:33pm
First preview was last night in Chicago. Anyone get the chance to see it?

GilmoreGirlO2
Broadway Star
joined:4/13/05
This is Our Youth - Chicago
Posted: 6/11/14 at 01:35pm
I won’t be seeing this until mid-July, but I will report back when I do! I would also love to hear some early reports.
AwesomeDanny
Broadway Legend
joined:7/30/09
This is Our Youth - Chicago
Posted: 6/11/14 at 01:50pm
I'll be there tonight! And I'll be making a return trip near the end of the run.
AwesomeDanny
Broadway Legend
joined:7/30/09
This is Our Youth - Chicago
Posted: 6/12/14 at 04:49am
I thought tonight's performance was simply wonderful! However, many of my companions disagreed with me. I will say that their problems were issues with the play itself, not with the production. The three of them fit marvelously in their roles (especially Michael Cera). The play was hilarious, provocative, and at times, touching as well. My only real criticism is that they stepped on a few laugh lines, and they need to work on projection (there are no microphones, and it's being done in an alley space), but this never became a huge problem, and I'm sure it's something that will remedy itself very soon. I'm really excited to see where the cast is when I come back next month!
inception
Understudy
joined:11/2/13
This is Our Youth - Chicago
Posted: 6/12/14 at 08:18pm
I wonder how long is the plays running time? If I get an 8pm Saturday show in the fall will I be able to make the 10pm Hedwig? Thanks
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AwesomeDanny
Broadway Legend
joined:7/30/09
This is Our Youth - Chicago
Posted: 6/12/14 at 09:36pm
It ran two hours and twenty minutes last night.
RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
This is Our Youth - Chicago
Posted: 6/13/14 at 12:52am
What does an alley space mean?
jon5202
Stand-by
joined:12/14/10
This is Our Youth - Chicago
Posted: 6/13/14 at 01:06am
(Alley space) means that the stage is in the center of the room and seating is placed on opposite sides therefore the stage is like a center alleyway. This is Our Youth is playing in the Upstairs (black box) Theatre at Steppenwolf. They often use this configuration.
RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
This is Our Youth - Chicago
Posted: 6/13/14 at 02:30pm
Oh gotcha. I think I've heard of that as a runway? Like audience on both sides? Sucks they won't be able to replicate that on Broadway. That sounds cool.
jon5202
Stand-by
joined:12/14/10
This is Our Youth - Chicago
Posted: 6/13/14 at 04:27pm
Yes. That is also known as a runway configuration.
RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
This is Our Youth - Chicago
Posted: 6/13/14 at 06:49pm
Seems odd to that, and then have to reblock everything for the Broadway space.
VernonGersch
Broadway Star
joined:8/9/10
This is Our Youth - Chicago
Posted: 6/14/14 at 01:41am
Throughly impressed with this play. Thought the actors were amazing and gave fully fleshed out performances that were nuanced and full of vulnerability. The direction was so tight and the energy of the actors so precise that I'm surprised it was their first week of previews.

I'm assuming that' they'll have to change the show when it moves to Broadway to accommodate a larger stage.

One of the many many strengths of this production is the intimacy provided by the theater but I'm confident that when this transfers, they're will be equally enticing direction to accommodate that stage

This is a must see
jon5202
Stand-by
joined:12/14/10
This is Our Youth - Chicago
Posted: 6/19/14 at 08:27am
Updated On: 6/19/14 at 08:27 AM
VernonGersch
Broadway Star
joined:8/9/10
This is Our Youth - Chicago
Posted: 6/19/14 at 03:39pm
I disagree with the critic on this. Amazing performances from all three.
jon5202
Stand-by
joined:12/14/10
AC126748
Broadway Legend
joined:7/15/06
This is Our Youth - Chicago
Posted: 6/22/14 at 09:25am
Writing from Chicago, where I saw this production yesterday. I was very impressed. First off, this is perhaps the best use of an alley configuration I've ever seen. Kind of surprising that they would choose to use such a configuration when the Broadway production will be a traditional proscenium, but I'm glad I was able to see this perspective. The three performances are all terrific, with Kieran Culkin being a particular standout to me. I think Tavi Gevinson will surprise a lot of people. She's very comfortable on stage, despite having what amounts to little professional acting experience (as far as I can tell, one film--ENOUGH SAID--and one episode of PARENTHOOD). I would disagree with the reviews that suggested Michael Cera is a weak link--I thought he was just fine. I think this could do really well in New York with the right marketing.
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