The Importance of Being Anxious

Comedy · made from concentrate · Ages 16+ · 1hr · United States of America

Content Warning one person show

After selling out LONDON’S CAMDEN FRINGE to wonderful reviews (“a one man show that is open and heartfelt, biographical and vulnerable,” Review Hub: London), Hal Cantor’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ANXIOUS brings the angst (and the laughs) to Hollywood Fringe. It’s a coming-0f-middle-age comedy about coming out late. Among other things anxiety-producing.

Featuring the voice of RICKI LAKE, Hal’s raw, honest, if often painfully hilarious look at himself — and the state of his mental health as it pertains to sexuality, religion, grief, relationships — is spot-on for our time.

Directed by immensely-talented London theater artist, Ralph Bogard, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ANXIOUS — by its very form — demonstrates theater’s unique ability to reflect life back to us, with humor and heart. And lots of gay sex.

London ❤️ for ANXIOUS

“…polished, technically seamless and upbeat in energy…Ralph Bogard’s direction keeps Cantor moving…Cantor’s candour and considered approach to the subject do make for an often entertaining and insightful hour.”
— James Humphrey, THE UP COMING

“Cantor’s performance was raw and real. The relationship between audience and performer developed through vulnerability and openness.”

**Production note: Performance may contain a strobe effect. Content is of an adult nature.

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Production Team

marin halbert 

assistant director

hal cantor 


giada san-jose 

stage manager

ayla moses 

stage manager

* Fringe Veteran