Already closed | 1h 35m | Midtown W

The Humans

From 1,420 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the show

Roundabout Theatre Company's Off-Broadway hit production transferred to Broadway, where it won four 2016 Tony Awards including Best Play. Stephen Karam's ghost story/thriller explores the way we humans cope with our biggest fears. More…

Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night. Soon, family tensions reach a boiling point…and the hilarity, heart and horrors of the Blake clan are exposed. A look at the mysteries of the modern American family, this new play seeks to remind us that we all have our fears, but we don’t have to face them alone. Two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello directs.

1h 35m | Already closed | Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1420)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Cliched, Overrated, Quirky, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you like dysfunctional family dramedies. It fine, but nothing special. Not taken with the cast. Hated existential doom. Oft seen themes.

Don't see it if you can see a great work instead. Like Long Day's Journey Into Night. The letter about "dance at weddings" has been done so often.

Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You like a show that touches on a lot of feelings and emotions and makes you think.

Don't see it if You don't like to be reminded that you're not perfect.

Edgy, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if has good acting, it has a decent story.

Don't see it if over rated, slow at times, confusing at times.

Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Profound, Great staging

See it if The most intelligent, humane & heartwrenching play on Broadway at this moment. Flawless staging with impeccible acting make a modern classic

Don't see it if Nothing really goes wrong despite an occassional veering into Irish sentimentality. Ambiguous , rather radical ending may put off some

Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated, Funny lines, Overall sad

See it if you have survived a difficult holiday with family. The acting and direction are excellent. A lot of events but little plot or resolution.

Don't see it if family drama disturbs you. In spite of its many funny moments the play is about sad people trying to have lives beyond their troubles.

Absorbing, Great writing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You're interested in hearing the voice of a new, relevant playwright.

Don't see it if You're not interested in family dramedies.

Cliched, Disappointing, Pretentious, Overrated

See it if you are not yet tired of the topic of family sturm und drong.

Don't see it if you mind a show that moves at a snail's pace or if you want to see something original.

Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if so you can see what all the hype is about. It may not seem like it but I did like this just didn't live up to what I was expecting.

Don't see it if if you want to be blown away which is what I was hoping for. Sorry many other plays that are like this but much better.

Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You like theater that pulls at your heart strings and shows you a glimpse of one families life lived in a day. Beautiful.

Don't see it if You go to theater to escape reality. That is the only reason this does not get a better score from me. I go to the theater to escape.

Overrated, Depressing, Disturbing, Great acting

See it if you're up for meeting a very unhappy family in a creepy urban fable. The performances are real and intense, and the story is so so sad.

Don't see it if There's nothing uplifting, no trace of hope about the human condition & nothing positive about New York life. Funny lines re: family dynamic

Funny, Overrated, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a family drama play, like relatable characters and fantastic acting

Don't see it if you're only interested because this won the Tony—it's very overrated.

Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You like family drama. Sort of slice of life-y. a little melodramatic.

Don't see it if You dont like to see September 11 be used as a plot point. You want an even energy among your actors.

Also This felt like an "off" night. I had tickets for this play 3 times and... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Profound

See it if a serio-comedy about a contemporary Irish American family is in your wheelhouse. Actors shine in these roles.

Don't see it if you prefer Irish tragedies

Great acting, Original, Riveting, Must see, Great writing

See it if You appreciate engrossing, beautifully written and acted Theater.

Don't see it if You've had your fill of family drama.

Entertaining, Intense, Original

See it if you anjoy family stories addressed very honestly and want to see good acting.

Don't see it if you do not particlarly want to see a dramatic interpretation of a dysfunctional family.

Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You enjoy New York City quirky characters

Don't see it if You don't like dis-functional families

Great acting, Funny, Relatable, Intelligent, Overrated

See it if you want to see why this beat the sublime "Eclipsed" for Best Play at the Tonys. Birney, Houdyshell, and Steele particularly stand out.

Don't see it if you'll be annoyed to leave the theater STILL having no idea HOW this beat Eclipsed. This was good; Eclipsed was SPECTACULAR.

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like very everyday people with very human stories.

Don't see it if nothing complicated here, very straightforward...if you want depth of character, go elsewhere.

Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a drama that is very relatable

Don't see it if you are looking for an escape from your life

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Resonant

See it if you've no problem recognizing yourself & your family in these characters as they unravel before your eyes; if you want to see a Tony winner.

Don't see it if you don't like short yet snappy dramas without an intermission; if you prefer musicals or classic drama; if you can't relate to family woes.

Disappointing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like entertaining family dramas.

Don't see it if you expect it to be the best play of the year, which it isn't.

Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you have EVER lived in NYC. A great view of a normal American family in which noone is perfect but together they are family.

Don't see it if You want to see something light and fluffy.

Cliched, Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You haven't had your fill of dysfunctional family drama at holiday time. Jayne Hoydeshell was great, but not enough to justify time/money.

Don't see it if If money or time is a factor in your decision. We've seen this before, many times. I never cared for any of the characters.

Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Great writing

See it if Fresh, funny, moving drama revealing a family's dynamics that unfolds over the course of one Thanksgiving Day. Well written, expertly acted.

Don't see it if You don't care for plays that examine families, or are looking for something light.

Absorbing, Insightful family drama, I expected a bit more of the supernatural at the end, Funny, Intense

See it if You enjoy family dramas with a bit of an edge, well directed and well acted. New Yorkers especially will enjoy this.

Don't see it if I can't think of any reason to skip this show.

February 18th, 2016
"The title may sound generic, but there’s nothing blurry about Mr. Karam’s scorching drama. Drawn in subtle but indelible strokes, Mr. Karam’s play might almost qualify as deep-delving reportage, so clearly does it illuminate the current, tremor-ridden landscape of contemporary America...The fine...
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February 18th, 2016
"'The Humans' is just as funny, just as moving and just as sneakily unsettling in its new Broadway incarnation, and retains its essential intimacy...'The Humans' is the kind of show that we must usually go Off Broadway to see: a thoughtful new play by a young American writer, with a cast of exper...
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February 18th, 2016
"It is still the most, well, human play I’ve ever seen about fear and disappointment and the attachments that transcend them...When a naturalistic play is working on so many levels (literally, in this case) an odd thing can happen: You can begin to feel that the characters are just going about th...
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February 18th, 2016
"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 Joe Mantello helps hugely with believability as well…Karam’s transcendently mundane play is a reminder that family dinner drama...
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