Punk Rock

Critics

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96 %

Reviews: 12

Audience

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Reviews: 0

What happens when kids have the world at their feet, and its weight on their shoulders? A ferociously funny, complex and unnerving look at seven intelligent, articulate teens at an English prep school as they tangle with the pressures of love, sex, bullying and college entrance exams. Based on his experiences as a teacher and inspired by the 1999 Columbine shooting, Tony Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) peels back the layers of the teenage psyche for a deeper look at what might make one of them snap. Recommended for mature audiences: graphic language and violence. March 25 through May 14; Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm with two additional performances on Thurs. Feb. 16 and Wed. Feb. 22. For reservations and information, call (310) 477-2055 or go to OdysseyTheatre.com.

Reviews

As comforting as it would be to label the British prep school in Stockport where Punk Rock is set as unrecognizable, these kids feel disturbingly real and universal.

sweet - Evan Henerson - ...read full review


In an isolated study room, set off in a forgotten wing of a cavernous comprehensive school tucked away in a working-class district of Britain, Tony Award-winning playwright and former teacher, Simon Stephens deals out a tidy collection of at-risk youths in "Punk Rock."

sweet - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


...the play is visceral, ferocious, funny and confrontational from start to finish. Stephens's dialogue crackles with tension and energy, his characters are vigorously alive, and his story shoots hard and fast down the rails, driven by a pounding punk-rock soundtrack.

The actors — and director Lisa James — can't be praised enough for the contributions they have made to the success of this production. This is an ensemble, and a play, to remember.

sweet - Will Manus - ...read full review


A nihilistic Breakfast Club for the new millennium, Punk Rock is Los Angeles intimate theater at its most electrifying.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Without disclosing any more of the story, I want to say that it is artistically and directorially (by Lisa James) impeccable. As an ensemble,the talented, young actors are amazing...This juicy drama, a Los Angeles premiere, is an experience you'll long remember and is highly recommended.

sweet - Ingrid Wilmot - ...read full review


A difficult play requires a diamond-hard cast, and the players here are, to the last, exceptional...

sweet - Barlo Perry - ...read full review


SUPERBLY EXECUTED by a very excellent cast… will rock your world in ways you never imagined… will rip at your heart, mind and soul.

sweet - Ron Irvin - ...read full review


Punk Rock makes for a very tense, visceral theater experience, although it may trend too far towards being tense and visceral for the sake of shock value.

sweet-sour - Erin Conley - On Stage and Screen - ...read full review


The seven students in the electrifying cast of young newcomers features Jacob B. Gibson, Zachary Grant, Nick Marini, Raven Scott, Kenney Selvey, Story Slaughter and Miranda Wynne. They vividly portray each of the intelligent, articulate and accomplished teens who just happen to be the cream of the crop… turning sour.

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


Odyssey Theatre Ensemble's production of Punk Rock is theatre at its best, funny and horrifying, touching and mesmerizing. Don't miss it. Travel if you have to. See it while you can.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - ...read full review


Punk Rock is raw, graphic, erotic, and ultimately highly disturbing. It reminds me of that time you pick up a large stone to find hundreds of little bugs scurrying about underneath. The turmoil is just below the surface – till it isn't.

sweet - Peter Foldy - ...read full review


Punk Rock is the very definition of a slow burning candle. More aptly put, a slow burning candle whose wick winds up being connected to a thousand pounds of dynamite that blows your face off without any warning. This is all intentional. Unbeknownst to me at the time, the lackadaisical start is very much a brilliantly planned scheme by playwright Simon Stephens to lull the audience into a false sense of security before he goes from 0 to balls the wall insane in a mere 2.8 seconds.

sweet - George Brietigam - ...read full review


As comforting as it would be to label the British prep school in Stockport where Punk Rock is set as unrecognizable, these kids feel disturbingly real and universal.

sweet - Evan Henerson - ...read full review


In an isolated study room, set off in a forgotten wing of a cavernous comprehensive school tucked away in a working-class district of Britain, Tony Award-winning playwright and former teacher, Simon Stephens deals out a tidy collection of at-risk youths in "Punk Rock."

sweet - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


...the play is visceral, ferocious, funny and confrontational from start to finish. Stephens's dialogue crackles with tension and energy, his characters are vigorously alive, and his story shoots hard and fast down the rails, driven by a pounding punk-rock soundtrack.

The actors — and director Lisa James — can't be praised enough for the contributions they have made to the success of this production. This is an ensemble, and a play, to remember.

sweet - Will Manus - ...read full review


A nihilistic Breakfast Club for the new millennium, Punk Rock is Los Angeles intimate theater at its most electrifying.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Without disclosing any more of the story, I want to say that it is artistically and directorially (by Lisa James) impeccable. As an ensemble,the talented, young actors are amazing...This juicy drama, a Los Angeles premiere, is an experience you'll long remember and is highly recommended.

sweet - Ingrid Wilmot - ...read full review


A difficult play requires a diamond-hard cast, and the players here are, to the last, exceptional...

sweet - Barlo Perry - ...read full review


SUPERBLY EXECUTED by a very excellent cast… will rock your world in ways you never imagined… will rip at your heart, mind and soul.

sweet - Ron Irvin - ...read full review


Punk Rock makes for a very tense, visceral theater experience, although it may trend too far towards being tense and visceral for the sake of shock value.

sweet-sour - Erin Conley - On Stage and Screen - ...read full review


The seven students in the electrifying cast of young newcomers features Jacob B. Gibson, Zachary Grant, Nick Marini, Raven Scott, Kenney Selvey, Story Slaughter and Miranda Wynne. They vividly portray each of the intelligent, articulate and accomplished teens who just happen to be the cream of the crop… turning sour.

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


Odyssey Theatre Ensemble's production of Punk Rock is theatre at its best, funny and horrifying, touching and mesmerizing. Don't miss it. Travel if you have to. See it while you can.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - ...read full review


Punk Rock is raw, graphic, erotic, and ultimately highly disturbing. It reminds me of that time you pick up a large stone to find hundreds of little bugs scurrying about underneath. The turmoil is just below the surface – till it isn't.

sweet - Peter Foldy - ...read full review


Punk Rock is the very definition of a slow burning candle. More aptly put, a slow burning candle whose wick winds up being connected to a thousand pounds of dynamite that blows your face off without any warning. This is all intentional. Unbeknownst to me at the time, the lackadaisical start is very much a brilliantly planned scheme by playwright Simon Stephens to lull the audience into a false sense of security before he goes from 0 to balls the wall insane in a mere 2.8 seconds.

sweet - George Brietigam - ...read full review