Log Cabin
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Log Cabin
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Log Cabin NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(183 Ratings)
Positive
82%
Mixed
16%
Negative
2%
Members say
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

About the Show

Playwrights Horizons presents this world premiere comedy, which charts the breakdown of empathy that happens when we think our rights are secure, revealing conservative hearts where you’d least expect.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (183)

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175 Reviews | 22 Followers
95
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you love great acting

Don't see it if you don't like lesbian and gay issues

52 Reviews | 8 Followers
95
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoying wonderful acting. I found that I've had some of these same conversations ... or at the least similar ... with my daughter.

Don't see it if you don't like being out of your comfort zone.

300 Reviews | 64 Followers
91
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Resonant

See it if you like relationship themes with a good mix of humor and drama

Don't see it if you want a full-fledged comedy or are not accepting of gay and trans rights

68 Reviews | 19 Followers
91
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you want to see something very modern and contemporary to today’s LQBTQ climate.

Don't see it if you don’t want to grapple with post-modern social issues.

98 Reviews | 18 Followers
90
Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You enjoy excellent ensemble work on gay themes involving family, futures. And friendship. There was a very clever staging component used.

Don't see it if You are not interested in gay themes and interpersonal struggles.

570 Reviews | 87 Followers
90
Funny, Great acting, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like good writing & acting. Deals with LGBT issues, emphasis on the T. Uncovers prejudices we like to think we don't have. Very funny.

Don't see it if you are homophobic.You won't get it.Play shows how LGBT relationships are at heart same as straight ones. Also shows lingering biases.

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50 Reviews | 8 Followers
90
Absorbing, Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a story about LGBTQ relationships, their challenges, their interactions, and their hopes and dreams

Don't see it if You are not comfortable with candid discussions on LGBTQ topics.

121 Reviews | 23 Followers
90
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like great acting and funny shows Different and entertaining Good and interesting show

Don't see it if You are bias against gay couples and transgenter issues

Critic Reviews (30)

The New York Times
June 25th, 2018

"Marginally less homogeneous than the traditional gay play. Unfortunately, it’s also less coherent...To keep the discussion going he is eventually forced into plot improbabilities and surreal workarounds...It’s a shame that the powerful ideas Mr. Harrison means to conjure about mainstream gay people’s 'failure of empathy' are trivialized and in some ways negated by his own failure of empathy: his failure, that is, to make his characters human."
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Variety
June 26th, 2018

“There’s potential drama — and comedy — in this situation, if Harrison had the heart for it. Unfortunately, he’d rather just talk about it. There comes a point, roughly midway through the play, when the principals are so talked out on the subject that two of them go against character by having a quickie in the nursery…Conversation, of which there is much, is clever enough, but mostly shallow...Harrison has taken it upon himself to explain it all, at length and ad nauseam.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
June 25th, 2018

"The undercooked 'Log Cabin' is schematic, lifeless and artificial in its examination of self-absorbed characters...I say characters, but really the six people represented onstage in MacKinnon's extravagantly upholstered production of this flimsy exercise are merely mouthpieces for a range of talking points...The play's core conflict, and it's certainly an interesting one, ripe for dramatization...The trouble is that Harrison hasn't successfully dramatized any of this."
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Theatermania
June 25th, 2018

“Exhilarating and insightful…An uproarious look at parenting, long-term relationships, and the lie of ‘normalcy.’ ‘Log Cabin’ is a howler that will keep you laughing as you watch through the space between your fingers. Harrison deepens his characters in surprising ways as the play progresses, a process supported by clear and multilayered performances…MacKinnon delivers a tight staging, with all of the laugh lines landing and the design elements serving the story.”
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Lighting & Sound America
June 26th, 2018

“A cast of prize pills whose activities are so poorly motivated that, after a few minutes, one struggles not to tune them out altogether...MacKinnon's direction is smooth enough, but there is little she can do about the limp dialogue and gaping holes in the script...The arguments are so pro-forma and the characters so thinly drawn that it quickly devolves into a victimization Olympics that neither amuses nor stimulates...This shallow, sour comedy isn't even remotely up to the task.”
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Talkin' Broadway
June 25th, 2018

"Jordan Harrison's mostly splendid new comedy at Playwrights Horizons raises questions that raise other questions, and they flow naturally from interesting, compelling characters who manage to be both consistent and surprising...It might all be too much to digest if Harrison's writing weren't so lively and witty...He's helped by Pam MacKinnon's spot-on direction, which wrings additional humor out of silences and subtle reactions."
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New York Stage Review
June 25th, 2018

"What Harrison is getting at here, and it couldn’t be a more timely consideration, is the challenge of sustaining empathy in a culture increasingly defined (and polarized) by identity and perceived privilege...Overwhelming dilemmas are made to feel intimate, injected with a graceful oddball wit, and thus emerge a little less terrifying, even as they haunt us...Director MacKinnon, an expert miner of the pain and humor that define friendships and family dynamics, also culls sharp, touching performances."
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New York Stage Review
June 25th, 2018

"This trim play is no gay fantasia on 21st century themes...Ferguson has the fun part, in neurotic Ezra, and he has fun with it; he’s amusing and engaging without being too sitcom-star focus-pulling...It’s director Pam McKinnon whose work is most essential to this play’s success...While the mess of issues and situations hit upon in the play sometimes threaten to overwhelm, the staging and portrayals stay firmly in hand, propelling the play on."
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