The Thanksgiving Play (Broadway)
The Thanksgiving Play (Broadway)
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The Thanksgiving Play (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(527 Ratings)
Positive
73%
Mixed
20%
Negative
7%
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Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Relevant

A troupe of well-intentioned white theatre artists try to create an inoffensive Thanksgiving story.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (527)

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91 Reviews | 21 Followers
98
Great writing, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you want to laugh at yourself or at well-intentioned people who club you over the head with their up-to-the-minute wokeness.

Don't see it if you don't have a sense of humor about yourself and your politics. Read more

52 Reviews | 21 Followers
95
Must see, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to see an amazing cast. D'Arcy, Chis, Scott, and Katie amazing

Don't see it if No reason not to see this

90 Reviews | 32 Followers
94
Irreverent, Entertaining, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if You like thought-provoking comedy. I wasn’t sure about how to react to the jokes. It was funny but it felt wrong! Guilty pleasure!

Don't see it if You can’t handle non “politically correct “ jokes.

106 Reviews | 12 Followers
94
Resonant, Refreshing, Great acting, Hilarious, Clever

See it if Fantastic performances all around. Really captures the essence of white liberals who mean well but tragically miss every single mark.

Don't see it if A slow start where the payoff is completely worth it. Warning for viscerally graphic scenes with lots of blood.

68 Reviews | 7 Followers
93
Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if You like a laugh-out-loud comedy, so rare on Bway...a great cast...clever staging. Yeah, I loved it, and so did everyone else.

Don't see it if You are offended by parody that poke and might even puncture your heartfelt beliefs...you are just an uptight grump.

114 Reviews | 26 Followers
90
Resonant, Refreshing, Quirky, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you can laugh at yourself and be okay with it

Don't see it if you’re easily offended

95 Reviews | 30 Followers
90
Great writing, Epic, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like a good satire and comedy about wokness and identity politics.

Don't see it if you are easily offended and are a conservative who doesn't know much about how first nation tribes were treated Read more

51 Reviews | 5 Followers
90
Silly

See it if Youre looking for an extended skit of cringe-worthy gags and goofball satire

Don't see it if You find that plays about writing plays is a boring set up no matter how irreverent the writing is

Critic Reviews (25)

The New York Times
April 20th, 2023

CRITIC’S PICK: "For Larissa FastHorse, the author of “The Thanksgiving Play,” farce is not an end in itself. Rather, it is the hilarious envelope in which she delivers a brutal satire about mythmaking, and thus, in a way, about theater itself."
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Time Out New York
April 20th, 2023

"In a swift 90 minutes, 'The Thanksgiving Play' delivers solid laughs at the expense of targets that are admittedly, at this point, not unfamiliar: clueless liberals so busy holding space that they don’t get around to filling it with anything"
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New York Theatre Guide
April 21st, 2023

"It’s a little disconcerting to hear so much laughter from the very theatregoers FastHorse caricatures — people who are not just the punchline, but also the problem — but FastHorse takes that laughter all the way to the bank."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 20th, 2023

"One of the later videos has a band of Indigenous middle-school kids singing a punk song that mashes together...There, you get a sense of what the rest of this play is missing — the subjectivity of actual Indigenous people and children and a heart."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 20th, 2023

"For all its knife-sharp humor, the play might be compared to a delicious Thanksgiving meal that nevertheless makes you feel a bit overstuffed, and slightly tired of your family, too."
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Deadline
April 20th, 2023

" 'The Thanksgiving Play'...is the sort of easy-target satire that should by all rights have sophisticated New York audiences seeing their own foibles and smiling at their own political vulnerabilities."
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New York Daily News
April 21st, 2023

“ 'The Thanksgiving Play,' ...is actually a funny and cutting piece of work. It suffers from its own moral earnestness, although kindly note I’m speaking there of its structure, not the case it makes about Thanksgiving."
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Variety
April 20th, 2023

"The substance of its argument is no less pressing: How and by whom stories get told perpetuate systems of power and oppression. But the objects of its satire seem both too easy a mark and already expired."
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