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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Award-winning Chicago stage veteran Roslyn Alexander fills the fascinating shoes of fearless activist Emma Goldman in this new solo drama that explores the passions behind the controversial figure's political agitation and the price she was willing to pay for it. A charismatic speaker and organizer, Goldman threatened the turn-of-the-century status quo with her liberal views on social issues and women's rights, but became infamous as an anarchist who advocated free love and who was jailed several times for demonstrating contraceptives, inciting to riot and opposing the draft. Dennis Zacek directs for the ShPIeL Theatre. 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.