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Revival of ‘Look Back in Anger’ is visceral

February 3, 2012 • Entertainment


In this theater image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Adam Driver, left, and Matthew Rhys are shown in a scene from “Look Back in Anger,” in New York. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus)

NEW YORK (AP) — We Americans may have thought we created the Angry Young Man. You know, that volcanic, vital, articulate stud who howls a lot. We’ve got tons of them, from James Dean and Marlon Brando, to Sean Penn and Holden Caufield.

So it might come as a bit of a shock when you show up at the Laura Pels Theatre and are reminded that the Angry Young Man actually first started off with a British accent. On that stage is one of the first — Jimmy Porter, the dark hero of John Osborne’s play “Look Back in Anger,” which has been revived in a visceral production that opened Thursday by the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Jimmy is not fun to live with: He browbeats his flatmate, terrorizes his wife and seduces her best friend, all the while spitting out invective and railing about the upper classes. He’s a hyper-intelligent and pugnacious hurricane of anger.

“I’ve an idea. Why don’t we have a little game? Let’s pretend we’re human,” he tells his friend and Login to read more

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