The Roundabout's New 'Angry Young Man' for 2012
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
John Osborne’s play Look Back in Anger, rocked the British theater – sorry, theatre – scene in the 1950s, bringing to the stage a vivid, unvarnished realism as well as Jimmy Porter, the play’s main character and the original “angry young man.”
Now, more than a half-century later, the play is given a new production in New York by Roundabout Theater Company. What does post-war Britain’s Jimmy Porter have to say to Americans in the 2012? Charles Isherwood, critic for The New York Times, considers both Jimmy and the production now at the Laura Pels Theater.