- One ticket to This is Our Youth
- When: select dates, November 1–23
- Where: Cort Theatre
- Seating: orchestra section
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees
- $85 for a performance Monday through Thursday, November 3–20 (up to $123.50 value)
- $96 for a performance Friday through Sunday, November 1–23 (up to $143.50 value)
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This is Our Youth
Called “by turns caustic, cruel, compassionate” by the New York Times during its premiere run, Kenneth Lonergan’s 1996 play This is Our Youth dissects the awkward in-between years with a razor-sharp wit. In this Broadway revival, Michael Cera plays Warren, a dejected 19-year-old balanced awkwardly between adolescence and adulthood—and newly flush with $15,000 cash stolen from his abusive father. Looking for a hideout, he turns to Kieran Culkin’s Dennis, a tightly-wound drug dealer whose natural charisma shields anxiety. Rounding out the cast is 18-year-old fashion prodigy and Rookie magazine founder Tavi Gevinson as Jessica, the intelligent but uncertain young woman for whom Warren has fallen. This unlikely trio struggles with the sometimes terrifying, sometimes exhilarating first steps into adulthood, in a thoughtful re-imagining directed by celebrated Steppenwolf member Anna D. Shapiro.
Bringing This is Our Youth back to the stage was an endeavor nearly five years in the making. The seeds were sown on set at Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, where Culkin introduced Cera to the play. Their enthusiasm for the work seems to show—Variety praised Cera’s “wondrously instinctual way of investing characters with an immensely likable self-consciousness and vulnerability,” and named Culkin’s nuanced schemer as “the most refined of the actors on stage.” Gevinson garnered acclaim in the show’s initial Steppenwolf run as well, with the Chicago Tribune lauding her “remarkably assured and luminous performance.”