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Look Back in Anger' tries, but misses fire and fury



Oklahoma City Theatre Company's heart "? or more importantly, its head "? is in the right place to further audience education by presenting "Look Back in Anger," one of the most significant post-World War II English plays.

Playwright John Osborne was a young man himself when he created this portrait of his generation's so-called angry young men. He not only broke from the English theatrical tradition of drawing-room comedies, but wrote a highly realistic play at a time when expressionism, surrealism, constructivism and few other -isms had held sway for most of the 20th century. "Anger" is an important play, but whether OCTC's rudderless production succeeds is another matter.

Jimmy Porter (Jole Schrimsher) is a young man angry at the world. "Oh, brother, it's such a long time since I was with anyone who got enthusiastic about anything," he rails. "Nobody thinks. Nobody cares. No beliefs, no convictions, and no enthusiasm." All this while his dutiful wife, Alison (Erin Hicks-Cheek), presses away at her ironing board. But to say that Jimmy is an angry young man is an understatement. He's vicious, offensive, rude, selfish, overbearing and a trumpet player. In other words, he's just the type of man whom women find irresistible.

The Porters live in the attic flat of a large Victorian house in England's Midlands. Jimmy runs a sweet stall with their neighbor and friend, Cliff Lewis (Michael Dean Moore). Before long, Helena Charles (Caitlin Cairns), an old friend of Alison, disrupts their m


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