The Humans

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Theatre review by Steve Duffy –

The Humans
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Seattle, Washington
November 28, 2017
Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

Stephen Karam’s The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter’s apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award®

Family is never easy, especially when gathering for a holiday meal. What I loved so much about “The Humans” was the realness of it all. You literally feel like you are peeking into anyone’s family drama.

The characters each engage simultaneously in intimate and insightful conversations throughout different parts of the apartment.

The entire cast is fantastic! They all create this amazing family dynamic that feels so real. They really bring to life everything from the loving moments to the awkward engagements with each other. 

Pamela Reed and Richard Thomas are both funny, frustrating,  and sympathetic as the stoic and hyper-maternal parents.

Both Daisy Eagan and Therese Plaehn deliver rewarding performances as the Blake daughters.

You will laugh, cry and feel their pain as you watch this family drama unroll over a Thanksgiving dinner. 

RUNNING TIME:  Approximately 1 hrs 50 min (no intermission)

Tickets for The Humans are currently on sale and can be purchased by visiting www.bochcenter.org.   The Humans is now playing at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre through March 25, 2018.


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