First Nighter: Cera, Culkin, Gevinson Distinguish "This is Our Youth"

September 12, 2014 3:11 AM

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In Kenneth Lonergan's revived 1996 play, This is Our Youth, a Steppenwolf production transferred to the Cort, what specifically does the playwright mean by "this"? Well, he sees the three characters as intelligent twentysomethings, witty, well schooled, privileged (rich Jewish kids, at that) but at the same time drifting, drug and pot consuming, alienated from and by parents, casually destructive.

Even if cute and potentially winning, they're not a pretty sight. Warren Straub (Michael Cera) is a tall and gangly boy, who has sought revenge against his shady-business-dealings father by lifting $15,000 before leaving the house he's just been tossed out of. Dennis Ziegler (Kieran Culkin), whose f...

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