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236 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036
Formerly Plymouth Theater
Ended 15 Jan 2017 after 5 months
"The finest new play of the Broadway season so far - by a long shot."
The New York Times
Plays like Stephen Karam's The Humans don't come along too often. Beloved by critics and audiences alike, this finely wrought comedy drama won four Tony Awards in 2016, including one each for stars Jayne Houdyshell (Follies) and Reed Birney (Netflix's House of Cards), as well as Best Play.
The Humans charts the at times fractious but always loving interplay between The Blakes, a Pennsylvania family uprooted to Manhattan for Thanksgiving. A real actor's showpiece, the play is a compact 95 minutes, with the action taking place in real time. Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello (An Act of God), this Roundabout Theatre production is a portrait of a flawed but very real family, who are only brought closer together by the arguments and bitter remarks that spill out as the play progresses.
Brigid Blake has just moved to Manhattan with her boyfriend Richard, and what better way to celebrate than invite her family down for Thanksgiving? When her parents, elder sister and grandmother arrive they find a barely furnished apartment, replete with dripping taps, buzzing light bulbs and strange thumps coming through the ceiling. Determined to make the best of things, the Blakes make a start on the dinner, yet the unfamiliar surroundings instils an unusual atmosphere around the table, and they find themselves being far more candid with each other than they have been in years.
The Gerald Schoenfeld is the production's second and largest Broadway home, having transferred down the block from the Helen Hayes Theater, which closed for refurbishment.
Opening night: 9 August 2016
Closing night: 15 January 2017
Recommended for ages 15+
95 minutes, no intermission
The Humans highlights the ongoing issues of depression, indulgence, aging and the distressing notion that America's next generation is flooded with debt before they even begin, which begs the question how will the next generation take care of themselves. more »
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