Review: In "Youth," the Kids Are Only Doing So-So

September 12, 2014 12:03 AM

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You can understand the urge to revive “This Is Our Youth,” the 1996 coming-of-age tale by Kenneth Lonergan (“You Can Count on Me”) about three aimless young adults on the Upper West Side grappling with casual drug use, new love and a bag full of misbegotten money.

The comedy-drama has served as a superstar-incubator in previous incarnations, when it’s featured the likes of Mark Ruffalo, Jake Gyllenhaal and Anna Paquin. It’s also a play that, despite its setting at the dawn of the Reagan Era, promises themes—our transition into adulthood—that are timeless.

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