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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: June 19, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

    Youth is wasted . . .

    Fiona McCann

    Youth is wasted, alright, on pot, cocaine and occasional speedballs in This Is Our Youth, the latest Bedrock production, which opened last night at The Cube in the Project Arts Centre. Written by Kenneth Lonergan (who also wrote You Can Count On Me and Analyze This, and co-wrote Gangs of New York) and directed by the gem that is Jimmy Fay, the play revolves around three college-age American kids living on Manhattan’s Upper Westside during the early Reagan days. Dennis, Warren (played by Mark Ruffalo in the play’s first production back in 1996, and here with winning intensity by Ciaran O’Brien) and Jessica are disaffected rich kids looking for direction/attention/affection/the next high, and the play explores 48 hours in their city slacker lives. It’s funny, it’s moving, it’s superbly scripted and apart from the occasional accent slippage, contains some gutsy, potent performances and convincing chemistry sparking between O’Brien’s Warren and Charlie Murphy’s Jessica. Plus it’s a hoot: you should, like, totally check it out.

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