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Winner of 4 Tony Awards

Closed July 24, 2016

"The finest new play of the Broadway season so far - by a long shot - Mr. Karam's drama has been beautifully transferred from Off Broadway."

The New York Times

Why See The Humans?


The Humans will play its final performance at The Helen Hayes Theater on July 24, before re-opening at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater on August 9. Please click here to go to the Gerald Schoenfeld staging.

We Are Family

Roundabout Theatre Company's wonderfully wrought comedy drama lands on Broadway. Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam, the story centers on The Blakes, a middle class family whose Thanksgiving dinner is the scene of escalating anxiety and existential horror. Written as a single 90-minute scene, the work made its New York debut at the Laura Pels Theater last year and was given a rapturous reception by the critics, who praised its beautifully etched family dynamics and frequent bursts of hilarity. Charles Isherwood of the New York Times called it "quite possibly the finest [play] we will see all season." It looks as if the Tony Award Commitee agreed, with the show winning Best Play at the 2016 Awards.

The entire Off-Broadway company have made the move in this transfer. In the director's chair is two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello (An Act of God), and the cast includes Jayne Houdyshell (Follies) and Reed Birney (Netflix's House of Cards), both of whom took home Tony Awards for their performances in the show.


The Blake family usually spend their thanksgiving in Pennsylvania, but this year they're all heading to daughter Brigid's brand new Manhattan apartment. The place is barely furnished, and the whir of the washing machine, the buzz of a lightbulb and the sudden thumps emanating from the apartment upstairs all add to an air of growing unease around the dinner table, and a sense that all is not well underneath the Blakes' middle class facade.

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Previews from: 23 January 2016

Opening night: 18 February 2016

Run time

90 minutes, no intermission

And before you stop reading

Images are taken from the 2015 Off-Broadway production

Cast and Creative


Cassie Beck
Reed Birney
Jayne Houdyshell
Sarah Steele
Arian Moayed
Lauren Klein


Written by Stephen Karam
Directed by Joe Mantello


2016 Tony Award Wins

Best Play
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Reed Birney
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Jayne Houdyshell
Best Scenic Design of a Play

2016 Tony Award Nominations

Best Play
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Best Direction of a Play
Joe Mantello
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Reed Birney
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Jayne Houdyshell
Best Scenic Design of a Play

2016 Drama Desk Award Wins

Outstanding Play
Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play
Justin Townsend
Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
Fitz Patton
Outstanding Ensemble

What you thought

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4.0 star rating

Diane Ellis: “ A real human experience LOL !!!”

The play was very entertaining, including making you think of your own... more

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