Look Back in Anger
By Andrew Andrews
- T-E-N-S-I-O-N with a capital T: Jimmy’s bark might be bigger than his bite, but his unnerving criticism keeps you on edge, anticipating the fallout.
- Delivery: The actors are all well-chosen and perform their parts delectably, even recovering from a stumble or two with admirable ease. I think only one member of the cast is actually British, but all of their accents and mannerisms really conveyed the script’s sense of post-war social realism and its invention of the so-called “angry young man.”
- Direction: Even the best actors can only do so much if they’re not in the hands of an equally-skilled director.
- Setting: Although furnishing a derelict apartment from the thrift store might be a breeze, the treatment here is top notch. The only flaw we noticed was the use of color newspaper, which didn’t arrive until decades after the story takes place.
- Intimacy: If you’re lucky enough to sit along the side of the stage, you’ll feel like a guest at a house party where things are going horribly wrong—and I mean that in the best possible way.
Although my partner felt that the seats were uncomfortable enough to deduct a star, I was so captivated by the action that I didn’t notice.
Besides, with a story this anguished, I think a little physical discomfort can only add to the overall experience.
Andrew Andrews attended Look Back in Anger at Gene Frankel Theatre in Manhattan on Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 8:00pm to write this review.