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Unless you?re under a newspaper/magazine/TV-less rock, you may have heard of a little play called This Is Our Youth.

?Celebrities on Broadway!? ?Tavi?s all grown up!? (Groan.) But because the dark comedy is set in the ?80s on the Upper West Side, we caved and hit up a show.

And, well, we were wrong. It?s actually pretty great. Here?s why:

The writing really is that fantastic. Playwright Kenneth Lonergan debuted these rapid-fire lines off-Broadway back in 1996 (fun fact: starring Mark Ruffalo). And not only does the riotous dialogue hold up today, but it could outwit anything Sorkin has produced in years.

The set is spot-on. Studio apartment, check. Galley kitchen with fluorescent lighting, yup. Mattress on the floor, unfortunately...yeah. The environment is all too familiar from our own youths in New York--regardless of the decade.

Kieran. Culkin. Why isn?t this guy a bigger deal? He remarkably carries a scheming, smooth-talking spoiled brat. And while Michael Cera?s low-key counterpart is actually impressive (no, really), Culkin is worth the hype in spades.

The Cort Theater, 138 W. 48th St. (between Sixth and Seventh aves.); 212-239-6200 or

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