The Importance of Being Anxious

made from concentrate · Ages 16+ · United States of America

Content Warning one person show


"There are lots of laughs in Hal Cantor’s, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ANXIOUS, a coming-of-middle-age comedy about finally exploring and facing one’s true sexuality late… It’s genuinely down to earth.  And, a hell of a tell-all.  Cantor practically inverts inside-to-out in a glorious, self-effacing expose of himself." —TRACEY PALEO, critic


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.” —Victoria Rose, LOST IN THEATRELAND

**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