Members say: Ambitious, Funny, Thought-provoking, Clever, Great staging

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Playwrights Horizons presents the world premiere of Robert O’Hara's ('Bootycandy') audacious comedy about a world without women.

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Mark and Jason were keeping things casual until Jason got pregnant. But however unplanned the pregnancy was, nothing could be less expected than the chain of events it would set in motion. Robert O’Hara’s comic allegory envisions an uncannily familiar future – one long after women have gone extinct from centuries of mistreatment – where man’s capacity to f**k everything up soars to new heights.

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"We wait for comic gold to materialize, but it never does as 'Mankind' plods along for a leaden two hours...Offers neither the wit nor bite of O'Hara's earlier plays...My mind remained thoroughly unblown by a play that is not nearly funny enough to compensate for all its plot deficiencies...O'Hara serves as his own director, resulting in a saggy presentation that betrays an almost religious reverence for the text...No characters ever rise above a broadly drawn sketch." Full Review


"The offbeat premise is intriguing, but the writer fails to take it all the way, choosing a surreal treatment that is visually stunning but intellectually hollow...O’Hara, doubling as director, hasn’t quite decided how he wants us to feel about Jason’s dilemma...Despite being twisted, the Christian symbolism is clever...But it’s alarming to realize that, although the play seems to have come to an end, it’s only intermission and there’s another whole act to go." Full Review


“O’Hara’s wild gender politics satire...While the plot gets a little muddy in the second act...’Mandkind’ is so high-charged with imagination and audacity for its first half that the fumes of creative energy keep pushing it forward...Though the plot involves Feminism, ‘Mankind’ is more about the better side of men in their attempts to understand women; often looking foolish in the process, but still well-meaning.” Full Review

Time Out New York

“Even as 'Mankind' posits the radical adaptivity of male bodies, it suggests an equal adaptivity of patriarchal male rule as potentially disruptive energies are absorbed into a larger culture of surveillance, violence, control, and greed...Good material for satire, but O’Hara doesn’t seem sure how to shape it...Bravura moments are undermined by heavy-handed messaging and exposition. Like many an allegorical brainchild, the play seems like it was fun to conceive and harder to bring up right.” Full Review

The New York Times

"The story keeps twisting even when you need it to stay put and shout. Another switcheroo arrives every few minutes, which quickly grows as tiresome and lets the satire deflate into mere sarcasm. It’s a problem of focus. Satire is about the sharpness of the darts but also of the targets. Here there are too many targets...This pinwheel of snark feels like a stunt, and there’s little that the cast can do, under the author’s distracted direction, to keep a feeling of agitated desperation at bay." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

“A ponderous, largely laugh-free affair that begins on a mildly inventive revue-sketch note and quickly proceeds to box itself in, leading to a second act that roams far and wide in search of a salient comic point...O'Hara's satire is so vague and generalized as to be toothless...The production coasts on the considerable charisma of its leading men...A satire without much sting -- O'Hara gets so tangled up in the details of his dystopia that his outrage is rather badly muffled.” Full Review

New York Theater

"A fun comedy that turns berserk...O’Hara’s premise is promising, his inspiration laudable, and his stated intentions honorable....But, ultimately, 'Mankind' is muddled. If it does establish the tone of a satiric cautionary tale, it’s not always clear what it is satirizing or what it’s cautioning against...O’Hara just seems intent on being playful without thinking out his imagined world with enough care." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

“Nonsensical plot developments and…humorless SNL sketch-like treatments…all acted in an equally diverse assortment of styles ranging from naturalistic to campy exaggeration…The plotting is wobbly, the humor banal, the exposition indistinct, the characters cartoonish, and the situations lacking even the most basic grounding in a reality strong enough to help us suspend our disbelief…O'Hara's got real talent…but 'Mankind' could have used some Planned Parenthood assistance of its own.” Full Review

The Huffington Post

“O’Hara seems to see his opus as a pro-woman screed. If it is, that aspect escaped me .What didn’t escape me is a numbing dullness to the production, the kind that often accompanies a playwright’s self-satisfaction at being deeply, darkly serious. This means unsolved complications for O’Hara, who clearly shouldn’t be directing his own work but is. For their part actors Moreno, Mount and the André De Shields...can do little to alleviate the script’s drawbacks, try though they mightily do." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

“A farce meant for millennials and those who thrill at self indulgent rhetoric...The cast is excellent...O’Hara has a wicked sense of humor, but he fails to truly outline his world...The play leaves more questions than answers...O’Hara, who directs his own work needs another eye. Maybe then we could see all of what he is trying to say instead of it being so muddled...Meant to make feel uncomfortable, but I just found it too self-indulgent to care.” Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

“Too idea-heavy and cloudy to see anything clearly. It is a progressively outrageous satire that blossoms into a convoluted mess of ‘hot topics’ easily lampooned out at us with no deeper analysis than the simplistic idea that men are dopey and foolish when it comes down to all of this. And that they eventually will take the easy route, just like O’Hara has in his direction and writing. At the end of this journey, we find ourselves even more lost and confused as before.” Full Review


"This new play allows its themes and comedic elements to collide so that everything spins out of control and loses the aimed for satiric balance...While the emotional impact of the basic premise is weakened by the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink thematics, O'Hara does once again display considerable directing skill...Despite its narrative flaws, 'Mankind' is praiseworthy for the fine performances, evocative design...All ensure that this is an interesting and never boring failure." Full Review

Front Row Center

“A satire...You could also say it’s a farce and a tragedy...The production is excellent – Robert O’Hara has directed his own work crisply and clearly and has assembled an excellent cast and crew...A biting, sarcastic look at the species and where we could be heading. It will make you laugh and it will make you squirm. And very likely you will find some fault with it. But you should see it.” Full Review


“Playwright O’Hara’s fertile premise might have made for a provocative, sober sci-fi take on gender roles, sexuality and parenthood. Instead, it’s broadly conceived and lame...O’Hara’s visually energetic direction does inject swift pacing to his cartoon-like vision and he has the cast appropriately in overdrive...Overblown, hollow and pointless, ‘Mankind’ is watchable but makes no impact.” Full Review

Gotham Playgoer

“If only I had left O’Hara’s new play at intermission, I would have had a pleasant but abbreviated evening. Until that point, the satire had remained relatively sharp and focused...Unfortunately...the play resumed and ran steadily downhill...I wish his inventiveness were coupled with more discipline. The satire generates surprisingly few laughs and rapidly becomes tedious...O’Hara demonstrates why playwrights should not direct their own work...A frustrating evening of missed opportunities.” Full Review

Financial Times (UK)

"That pro-choice message is rather muddled here. If restrictions on abortion can really be blamed on male indifference, then surely such laws would disappear in a world where men got pregnant...Rather than dramatising actual women’s suffering, 'Mankind' thus ends up wallowing in impenetrable conceit. Despite its blundering stabs at satirical cleverness, the play also runs out of theatrical ideas more or less immediately." Full Review


“Though it’s more often men who are out of the picture, single-sex societies are a familiar sci-fi trope...Doesn’t probe the consequences of its premise beyond these basic parameters...Elements that might lend it human drama are often lost in the shadows...O’Hara doesn’t seem much interested in the voices and bodies of actual women...The irony of men inventing feminism is also surprisingly underplayed...If the play didn’t raise so many interesting questions, it would feel less frustrating.” Full Review

Daily Beast

“The play is a mix of occasionally fascinating but overall discordant parts...Some of the audience laughed and found the various conceits and flouncing funny, and elsewhere others sat in silence...The play is an exercise in both absurdity and cultural challenge. Its problems are more basic than its premise: You just don’t quite believe in the characters...Ends up feeling like the most feverish kind of mansplaining.” Full Review

New York Magazine / Vulture

"Jason and Mark mostly alternate between bro-y detachment and screaming at each other, but in one of 'Mankind’s' strongest scenes, they start to open up about their pasts...O’Hara here succeeds in bolstering his sketch-like premise with a much needed dose of sincerity. It doesn’t last: We soon return to the world of cartoonishly drawn supporting characters, destructive male venality and idiocy, and mostly predictable digs at our messy moment’s sorry state of things." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"It doesn’t give a clue as to what one needs to be cautious about...O’Hara’s direction of his own work is generally more elaborate than the material warrants. Religion and abortion are clearly targets of 'Mankind', but whether it hits them is another matter...Despite their shaky material, Mount, and especially Moreno, shine as Mark and Jason. While everything and everyone around them flounders, they remain grounded. They bring solidity to a play that hasn’t quite found its footing." Full Review

Village Voice

“When the play’s thinking blurs and its dramatic focus skitters, its brash impudence will see you through...O’Hara’s anxiety or eagerness to get from one high point to the next, has left many matters fuzzy or unexplained...It’s hard to imagine that a dramaturg or a different director could have helped O’Hara find his way out of these foggy spells...’Mankind’ is bothersome in a good and potentially fruitful way, and that O’Hara’s continued audacity may well pay remarkable dividends.” Full Review

Off Off Online

“A broad, futuristic satire of sexuality, feminism, religion...More than the playwright is able to manage has its moments...At the end of the first act the play goes off the rails...The play’s energy jumps a bit after intermission with a good sight gag, but it doesn’t recover enough and ultimately lurches its way to the finale. ’Mankind’, one hopes, is only a way station to a point when O’Hara manages to channel his energies and abilities to something more coherent." Full Review

Diandra Reviews it All

“O’Hara’s audacious, hilarious allegory envisions an uncannily familiar future...One of the most exciting, eccentric plays I have ever seen...Like the best 'Black Mirror' episode on feminism...The madness of this premise opens for surprising choices and explorations into religion, abortion, and mass hysteria...Incredibly wealthy with wisdom, social commentary, and conversational sparks. O’Hara has achieved what many creatives desire: a discussion.” Full Review

The Wrap

"An overlong exploration of toxic masculinity and a battle cry for women’s rights that suffers from an even more glaring shortcoming: an all-male cast...The polish of the production alas, also helps to underscore how undercooked the script sometimes is...It doesn’t help that O’Hara has opted to direct his own material...A different director might have helped this prodigiously talented writer to hone his material into a tighter, sharper edge." Full Review

Show Showdown

“The play never attempts to wrestle with ways that a culture’s myriad ingrained hierarchies breed control, and thus institutionalized sexism. With some discussion of that in place, O'Hara might have produced a compelling play about women's subjugation. But because he never digs below the surface, 'Mankind' is simply an overlong, undercooked premise...Too thinly developed, inconsistently written, and clunkily directed to be genuinely offensive." Full Review

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Ambitious, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if like O'Hara's work

Don't see it if not interested in current topical dialog

Delightful, Entertaining, Surprising, O’hara whimsy + simpsons structure + south park treatment

See it if you don’t expect a realistic rendering of the future—this is a live-action cartoon of the present

Don't see it if you want a show that changes minds rather than preaches to the choir; can't see religion mocked; are uninterested in pro-choice perspectives

Also Mankind’s not completely airtight, but still really amusing. It’s stru... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Relevant, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to see the latest provocation from an important US playwright.

Don't see it if you hate when a high-concept play's high concept takes over & drives the vehicle off the road.

Also "Mankind" is an important statement from an important American playwri... Read more Read less

Like a skit that got elongated

See it if you HAVE to see it

Don't see it if you want a thoughtful, probing piece of theatre. This is a skit that was made into a full length with everything thrown in the bath water.

High concept, great staging, but central execution is vacuous

See it if You like high concepts and dont mind if they dont deliver intelligence or a new perception. Ends up reiterating the status quo.

Don't see it if You are touchy about religious satire. You want to see something novel.

Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you're looking for a fantastically unsubtle critique of the treatment of women.

Don't see it if you want subtlety, or can't handle a satire of religion.

Also The moment the play begins, you hear some intensely dramatic music, an... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you are interested in a satirical look into a world with no women

Don't see it if you don't like stories of dystopian futures

Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You enjoy a good laugh

Don't see it if You want to laugh more than every 30 mins.

Funny, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Anson Mount is fantastic! This was a surprising show, not what I was thinking but enjoyable all the same. Topical. Go women!

Don't see it if You want a more serious play because it does deal with serious issues, but is not portrayed as a drama. Warning: Minor audience interaction.

Ambitious, Diverting, Broad satire

See it if You enjoy the theater of "what if?" and are amused by broad satire. Clever set design.

Don't see it if Not subtle or nuanced, bit of a sledgehammer effect in delivering plot points.

Also Satire on a world without women.... Read more Read less

Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if It's an imperfect play, but it's amusing and has a lot of interesting ideas in it. Very resonant and critiquing of today's society

Don't see it if You are looking for something more conventional with more subtleties and room for great acting.

Funny, Ambitious, Quirky, Great staging, Underrated

See it if you're a fan of what-if scenarios and unique storytelling.

Don't see it if you don't like daring theater.

Also I enjoyed this more than I anticipated. There are some truly laugh-out... Read more Read less

Funny, Relevant, Disappointing, Interesting idea

See it if You want a show that has some interesting ideas within it but lacks a director who can grasp the tone.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of Black Mirror knock-offs because this feels very scattered.

Also Robert O'Hara really needs to stick to writing and find someone else t... Read more Read less

Funny, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound, Quirky

See it if You want to have intense dialog after the show, don’t mind uneven tone, can handle discordant dialog and staging, and like ambitious shows.

Don't see it if You like light comedy, don’t like dystopian drama, have intense political theories, or need light, pat, storytelling.

Ambitious, Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Unfocused

See it if you are a devoted fan of O'Hara's work.

Don't see it if you are looking for sharp satire, surprising insights or outrageous humor.

Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if You care more about interesting issues being raised than whether they’re thoughtfully addressed.

Don't see it if You want something that is coherent, lacks aggressive repetition, or is even remotely as entertaining as the writer’s previous Bootycandy.

Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you want to be transported to one of the most INTERESTING takes on the future of mankind, every created before.

Don't see it if you don’t want your mind BLOWN, because it will be blown, G-U-A-R-A-N-T-E-E-D.

Also Full disclosure, I was NOT a fan of playwright Robert O’Hara’s previou... Read more Read less

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if If you like plays that present a totally new perspective on today's world and the future of "Womankind" in a "Mankind" world.

Don't see it if If you like traditional storytelling. But if you wanna move a bit beyond you comfort zone I highly recommend this play

Sci-fi drek

See it if gay men in their underwear appeals (if so, you can leave after Act 1) or you enjoy being forced into audience participation (Act 2).

Don't see it if you don't enjoy audience participation or prefer a traditional plot.

Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy great writing and satire. It's a unique take on misogyny, religion, and fascism. It's also quite funny. But it's not perfect.

Don't see it if you don't want to face the logical consequences of policies and actions to restrict abortion/marginalize women/ promote the police state

Funny, Entertaining

See it if Like to see a show a little different. Entertaining . Great staging .

Don't see it if Not openminded.

Ambitious, Quirky, Indulgent, Great staging, Overdone

See it if you want to experience a truly original futuristic concept. There are some humorous moments.

Don't see it if you are offended by O'Hara's views on religion, abortion, feminism, gay marriage, homosexuality.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you'd like to delve into a future without women; WWMD without us? Well, they'd f#@k, that's for sure, and f-up too; its a funny/scary future

Don't see it if you need a perfect story line and structure; play veers off in the second half from mostly riffing on men to fully riffing on religion

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like a drama that is funny yet timely. In afuture the world inhabited by men, some who can give birth. And the birth of feminism.

Don't see it if you don't like vulgar language, homosexuality or sex. Then again, maybe you should see this play.

Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if You like satire, speculative plays about the future, feminist leaning productions with all-male casts, brisk staging

Don't see it if You're not a fan of feminist messages, men behaving badly, religious & cultural satire, dystopian fantasy or unexplained situations

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