Running since January 2016 A family's Thanksgiving gathering in Manhattan turns into a tense and terrifying evening in this critically acclaimed new American classic. Winner of 4 Tony Awards, including Best Play.
The Broadway production of The Humans closed January 15, 2017. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
From the producers: The angst, anguish and amity of the American middle class are first coaxed - then shoved - into the light in this uproarious, hopeful, and heart-breaking 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.
"The Humans" transfers to Broadway following a critically-lauded off-Broadway run at Roundabout Theatre Company.
Playwright Stephen Karam's play "Sons of the Prophet" was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle & Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Play. "The Humans" opened to acclaim in its first production at Chicago's American Theater Company.
The original off-Broadway cast, which features Cassie Beck, Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Lauren Klein, Arian Moayed and Sarah Steele will transfer with the show.
2016 Tony Awards: Best Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Reed Birney), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Jayne Houdyshell), Best Scenic Design of a Play.
2016 Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Play, Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play, Outstanding Sound Design in a Play, Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble.
2016 Outer Critics Circle Award: Outstanding New Broadway Play.
Piercingly funny, bruisingly sad...the finest new play of the Broadway season so far...a peerless cast [and] direction that stealthily navigates the play's delicate shifts, from witty domestic comedy to painful conflict, and from there to something resembling a goose-pimply chiller.
Powerful... with a terrific cast...the script crackles with forced joy and sadness and Mantello directs with a flair for both family dynamics and a comfort with a sort of Edgar Allan Poe macabre. [The] cast manage to add that necessary level of pathos, deep familial love and humanity to a stirring play.
Thanks to Karam's script and the ensemble's performances, every slight, every shared memory, and every knowing glance feels utterly lived in. The brilliant direction by Mantello helps hugely with believability as well - the movement of the actors throughout the set is wonderfully intricate yet fluid.
New York Daily News
Fresh, funny, piercing and perceptive...[Author] Karam has an eye for detail on a near-cellular level, an ear for authentic dialogue and a superlative ability to balance laughter and sorrow. It's heavy stuff, but leavened with levity. Mantello's direction is smart and subtle...[with] an ensemble of all aces.
New York Magazine
"The Humans" seems even tighter and sharper. Mantello maintains balance beautifully, coming right up to the edge many times and then retreating, often into the prickly arms of comedy. The performances, all excellent, now seem both more natural and more detailed.
Mantello's wonderful six-actor company...the retelling of bad dreams now seems woven into a richer psychological carpet and the few plot threads that seemed undeveloped now feel beautifully wrought. If ever a cast deserved an award for sublime ensemble interdependence, this is it.
Time Out New York
The sharpness of Mantello's staging, the ease of the ensemble acting..."The Humans" is just as funny, just as moving and just as sneakily unsettling in its new incarnation, and retains its essential intimacy...a thoughtful new play by a young American writer, with a cast of expert local actors.
Bleakly funny, deeply affecting...Mantello and his superb cast..."Humans" addresses [its] questions with great compassion but offers no easy answers, casting a spell that's unsettling but also strangely reassuring.
The early parts of the play are extensively mined for laughter by a wonderful cast. Each and every character is enormously appealing, and Karam takes care to reveal their guarded secrets with great tenderness, just as Mantello's directorial hand gently advances the play from comedy to tragedy.