Log Cabin
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Log Cabin
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Log Cabin NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(184 Reviews)
Positive
81%
Mixed
17%
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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Member Reviews (184)

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692 Reviews | 152 Followers
79
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

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
53
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.

657 Reviews | 101 Followers
80
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. Read more

482 Reviews | 717 Followers
70
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.

534 Reviews | 488 Followers
75
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!

471 Reviews | 74 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.

387 Reviews | 132 Followers
80
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. Read more

417 Reviews | 69 Followers
70
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.

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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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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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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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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