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Log Cabin

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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. More…

It’s a faraway age of hope and inclusivity; in other words, it’s 2015. When a tight-knit circle of married gays and lesbians – comfy in the new mainstream – sees themselves through the eyes of their rakish transgender pal, it’s clear that the march toward progress is anything but unified.

Member Reviews (184)


Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining
Avg Score

Reductive, Funny, Indulgent, Disappointing, Modernized family

See it if you want to see a kitchen-sink LGBTQQIA+ comedy full of sitcom-style quips that struggles to find deep meaning from a shallow script.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of JTF's Modern Family character; you're not progressive; you expect a sturdy log cabin from this flimsy house of straw.

Clever, Funny, Cliched, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you're interested in LGBT issues, especially transgender issues, like stories about makeshift families and seeing diversity onstage

Don't see it if Not comfortable with LGBT issues on stage or with a transperson in a major role, have trouble with babies talking out loud, resent diversity

Thought-provoking, Inventive, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you're interested in an inventive play that takes a stab at the discussion between gay and trans people though it maybe doesn't quite land.

Don't see it if you'd be frustrated by a show that never quite fully realizes its potential. This show is almost there!

Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy challenging theatre that explores the complications of LGBTQ relations. You’ll learn that you can’t paint in broad strokes.

Don't see it if you’re not interested in LGBTQ themes or are looking for something mindless and easy.

Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like an intelligent drama about gay couples and transgender issues. The discussions between the characters were very compelling.

Don't see it if you do not want to see a play about gay couples, and gay and transgender issues.

Also This play makes you think. The issues and problems were real and handl... Read more Read less

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.

Riveting, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Unexpected

See it if interested in liberal infighting (who isn’t?) & what's needed to overcome it. Fast-moving play really nails the breathless rate of change.

Don't see it if you want immediate gratification. Won’t hit you w/ big, passionate emotions but lots of food for thought if you’re inclined to mull it over.

Also It’s not as debate-y & storyless as I expected from reviews. I think p... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see an entertaining play that also tackles serious gender and social issues. Great ensemble of actors.

Don't see it if you're homophobic/transphobic or don't want to see a play about contemporary talking points. Not so insightful, but does raise questions.

Funny, Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Quirky

See it if you enjoy a play featuring contemporary relationships and the newness of the transgender identity

Don't see it if a slightly stentorian Jesse Tyler Ferguson is upsetting to you. The gay and transgender issues may be confusing and trite if you are neithr

Entertaining, Relevant, Romantic, Unfocused, Wordy

See it if you like fun dialogue, off beat characters and a new take on the LGBT community

Don't see it if you expect a cohesive play with a well formed story.

Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if a drama about a circle of gay friends facing a unusual addition to their circle sounds interesting.

Don't see it if you find the inner lives of a circle of gay friends to be something unnatural and unwelcomed. SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also This play was quite unique and special. Loved and surprised by the sto... Read more Read less

Very entertaining / must-see, Good (slightly dizzying) book, Edgy / raunchy, Great performances, Excellent staging

See it if LGBT issues interest you. 2 G&L couples explore marriage & having kids; add a T&Bi couple to the kids-having mix; stir & see what you get.

Don't see it if any of the above is not for you. There's A LOT to take in, including a little self-love (tactfully turned slightly sideways) all in 90min.

Also MUST-SEE: could easily be 30min longer w/intermission.... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Resonant

See it if Wonderful reflection on the transgender experience with surprising twists, clever writing and great acting.

Don't see it if you will be annoyed by a quirky subplot with unexpected reflections by unlikely characters--

Raunchy, Romantic, Enchanting, Cliched, Experimental

See it if New, vibrant, funny, interesting plays about sexual politics and interpersonal Brooklyn relations have ever crossed your mind.

Don't see it if plays about gender, sexual, and race relations aren't your cuppa. You don't care about the families of Ft. Greene residents.

Also [SPOILERS] The play is unfocused and tries to tackle too many issues a... Read more Read less

Relevant, Eat your spinach

See it if You like that it has the currently requisite transgender issue, has Jesse, and reveals that the queer community is as blind as the rest.

Don't see it if You do not care for the didactic, try too hard dialogue, and heavy moralizing, or would prefer a fun evening out.

Great staging, Indulgent, Cliched, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if to see an attractive production of a well-meaning play; to support work that can advance constructive discussion of relationship dynamics.

Don't see it if expect appealing, fully dimensional roles. Commendable ensemble performance but characters are self-involved, irritating—nearly stereotypes.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you want to see a thoroughly entertaining show about relationships

Don't see it if you don't like seeing shows about gay and transgender relationships

Ambitious, Edgy, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if LGBT all the way. 2 interracial homosexual couples and a transgendered. Topical issues galore. Great space. Total frames. If these interest

Don't see it if You, than it's a must see. If you're offended by the above or slurs, then don't see. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a refreshing take on life

Ambitious, Refreshing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want a play that deals with thorny in-community issues in an intelligent, thoughtful way

Don't see it if you need a pat ending or argument and don't like being confronted with all the work we still have to do

Entertaining, Over plotted, Abounding in zingers, Nice set

See it if You are a fan of Jesse Tyler Ferguson. You are interested in sexual politics and political correctness in a humorous context.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the gay, lesbian, trans scene or the conflicts of the new modern family.

Also Jordan Harrison, the playwright tries to pack it all into an intermiss... Read more Read less

Log may fog and bog

See it if JT Ferguson fan. Horizons fan. Uber broad minded. Enjoy cheese chats on great spinning sets. Have money to burn in cozy venue.

Don't see it if Had enough LGBTQ theater to last a lifetime. Absolutely relentless theme here.

Also Ferguson is like part of the family. He has the best role and looks li... Read more Read less

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

Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if You're interested in a play that deals with issues currently being dealt with in the LGBT community.

Don't see it if There's a lack of consistency in the writing. However, the play is thought provoking and often very funny.

“the world isn’t changing fast enough. who cares if they understand?”

See it if Jordan Harrison’s tone feels more commercial than his other work; pushes discussions of defining one’s identity/acceptance.

Don't see it if Privilege, normalcy, racism, narrow-minded vs progressive views, marriage, parenthood; debates important topics within LGBTQ community.

Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy a show with great acting and writing, and are a fan of Jesse Tyler Ferguson...

Don't see it if you want a fast paced show...

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 peo...
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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 tal...
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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 ...
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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 p...
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