This Is Our Youth: A Penetrating Play About '80s New York Youth
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The last date listed for This Is Our Youth was Saturday September 24, 2011 / 7:30pm.
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The classic computer game The Oregon Trail gets a delightfully faithful stage adaptation -- bandits, dysentery and all. Known for their witty wizardly mash-up A Very Potter Musical, StarKid Productions' latest musical comedy The Trail To Oregon! follows a dysfunctional pioneer family as they fight their way cross-country by covered wagon, hunting, fording rivers and battling snakes, measles, typhoid and other dangers every step of the way. While those who grew up playing the The Oregon Trail game will delight in seeing its unintentionally hilarious grim scenarios unfold onstage, everyone at this show will revel in StarKid's side-splitting show tunes and razor-sharp dialogue. Learn More
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This play wasn't done according to script (i.e., Kenneth Lonnergan's "This is our Youth" script wasn't followed except perhaps for the general plot outline). Acting was OK despite this, but the audience, in boosteristic fashion, (particularly some of the girls) laughed at every innocuous (and not the least bit funny) piece of dialogue the actors delivered, making for a big annooyance. Must have been friends/classmates of the cast. I've see deliberate installations of 'laugh track" audience members before, attempting boosterism, and it is entirely annoying. Visiting a production like this makes me even more reticent at ever signing up to view it unless it has been reviewed beforehand. The Columbia College aspect of this play doesn't compare to the excellent productions of the likes of Polarity Ensembler Theatre, another Columbia associated production outfit.