The Humans
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The Humans

The Humans NYC Reviews and Tickets

(1424 Ratings)
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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.

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77 Reviews | 45 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You have a dysfunctional family like me

Don't see it if You have lived a leave it beaver type life

87 Reviews | 23 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Masterful

See it if A large-scale human drama on a small-scale. We come to love and pity and fear for these characters as if they were our own family.

Don't see it if Watching masterfully written characters sort out their troubles causes you discomfort. But then, you wouldn't be on this site at all...!

92 Reviews | 14 Followers
Exquisite, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You like a well done family drama with incredible performances by all involved You like perfection on stage

Don't see it if You don't like to pay attention to words spoken on stage You need songs to keep you interested in a play.

119 Reviews | 32 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy extraordinary acting and potent writing

Don't see it if You are simply looking for a funny show

70 Reviews | 13 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see

See it if You love great acting and storytelling. One of the next great plays!

Don't see it if You don't like family drama or plays.

231 Reviews | 88 Followers

See it if a poignant/funny play about family,the complexities of love, life's unpredictability, and resilience.Great writing, perfect cast....see it!

Don't see it if do not miss this gem! Read more

302 Reviews | 99 Followers
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.

127 Reviews | 24 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see one of the best play ever written. Modern and relate able, real, and haunting.

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

Critic Reviews (75)

The New York Times
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 finest new play of the Broadway season so far."
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Time Out New York
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 expert local actors. With no slight intended to the lions and the witches and the extravagant wardrobes: It's good to see 'The Humans' on Broadway, too."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 their lives onstage but that you, in the audience, are acting. At any rate, you may find yourself gasping and yelping and, if you’re the type, crying."
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The Wall Street Journal
February 18th, 2016

"'The Humans' is passably well made, or would be were it not for the way in which the author stirs up expectations of a coda on which he fails to deliver...None of the characters does anything that isn’t perfectly obvious, right down to the jokes...No doubt Mr. Karam thinks he’s given us a deeply resonant statement about the Condition of 21st-Century America, but after 95 minutes of unhappy-family chitchat, I left the theater feeling that I’d just spent two whole hours there for no good reason."
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February 18th, 2016

"A smart decision was made to hold on to the exquisitely matched acting ensemble and also the play’s, well, human scale by re-mounting it in the Helen Hayes, the smallest Tony-eligible house. As a result, the play retains its remarkable power as a tale of sorrows veined with silver threads of humor...'The Humans' is tremendously exciting theater, and I remain convinced that you won’t see a better play this season."
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New York Daily News
February 18th, 2016

"Playwright Stephen Karam takes this familiar, if shop-worn, dramatic framework and transforms it into a 95-minute work that is fresh, funny, piercing and perceptive...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. There’s a lot of both here...Joe Mantello’s direction is smart and subtle, making excellent use of the bi-level stage."
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February 18th, 2016

"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. The revelations of weakness in this close-knit family are not entirely unexpected...The big question, of course, is whether the Blakes can survive after this emotional night. Karam doesn’t make it easy for them — or us."
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The Washington Post
February 18th, 2016

"In a mere 95 minutes, the playwright — bolstered by a whip-smart director, Joe Mantello, and pitch-perfect cast of six — delves into the dynamics of this clan with a gentleness that feels like compassion and a scrupulousness that borders on the forensic…'The Humans' is the sort of impeccably constructed play that should be a regular inhabitant on Broadway, not the occasional, surprising guest."
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