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Mankind

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Members say: Ambitious, Funny, Thought-provoking, Clever, Quirky

About the show

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

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.


Member Reviews (209)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Funny, Thought-provoking, Clever, Quirky
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Avg Score

72
Ambitious, Clever, Disappointing, Relevant, 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

71
Clever, Indulgent, Funny, Quirky, Thought-provoking

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

60
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Edgy, Indulgent

See it if you’re into sci-fi B movies and are looking for something completely different.

Don't see it if you prefer conventional theatre or aren’t into an all-male cast.

81
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Indulgent, Edgy

See it if You enjoy post-apocalyptic plays that challenge current ways of thinking, especially with regards to religion.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a play that challenges one particular idea. This play rambles and isn’t sure of what exactly it’s challenging.

74
Thought-provoking

See it if if you like expensive staging larger than life with a thought-provoking what-if premise.

Don't see it if offended by same-sex farcical pregnancy.

80
Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting, Quirky, Great set & costumes

See it if You are a Robert O’Hara fan,like religious satires, great actors, futuristic settings, feminism, political themes, craziness ...

Don't see it if You like traditional plays and are very conservative about religion, feminism, and abortion themes. Detest same sex couples and marriage.

Also After reading the reviews, I did not expect to like this play. It is h... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious, Audacious, Unfocused, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy satire with an edge, even if it scattershot and unfocused.

Don't see it if you like a disciplined play with a clear focus

Also O'Hara really should not direct his own work. He needs someone to rest... Read more Read less

73
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you like a strange satire about gender, religion, & reproductive rights. Inventive staging, Anson Mount's facial expressions are hilarious.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy weird/quirky shows, can be banal at times. Interesting social commentary, but tries to be more profound than it actually is.

75
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Edgy

See it if Though-provoking. Raised some important issues. Engaging performances. Mostly entertaining.

Don't see it if It’s message was a bit heavy-handed. Some men in attendance were uncomfortable. Mansplaining women’s Issues? Maybe not.

80
Delightful, Surprising, O’hara whimsy + simpsons structure + south park treatment, Entertaining

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

60
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.

84
Ambitious, Funny, Quirky, Underrated, Great staging

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

95
Absorbing, Funny, 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

49
Insulting, nonsensical,, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if you enjoys prior Robert O'Hara plays. This one is definitely off the wall , and could be offensive to audiences in it's themes.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy plays that are controversial in nature and theme and will upset religious theatergoers.

68
Ambitious, Great staging, Indulgent, Quirky, 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.

82
Funny, Ridiculous, Smart, Thought-provoking

See it if You are not hung up about logic. It is crazy, but no more unlikely than the last year we've lived through, plus it is funny, and truthful.

Don't see it if You feel that people, men in particular, are upright citizens, and you think it would be rude to see them portrayed as venal and idiotic.

71
Ambitious, Entertaining, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if like O'Hara's work

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

90
Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Hilarious, Thought-provoking

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

85
Ambitious, Sharply satirical and very funny, Edgy; purely theatrical, Challenging, not safe for the innocent, Filled with surprise

See it if You’re open to an endlessly surprising, over-the-top, biting, larger-than-life rasp of political satire. Not for the closed of mind or heart

Don't see it if You’ve no taste for metaphor or great leaps of imagination, have no sense of the absurd or only see things as they appear—especially onstage

Also A very funny and absurdist cautionary tale that deals with civil and r... Read more Read less

68
Disappointing, Interesting idea, Funny, Relevant

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

95
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Irreverent, Entertaining

See it if you find plays that spoof religion engaging; the thought of an all-male universe and its consequences delights you; you want to laugh

Don't see it if you find pro-abortion and anti-religion plays offensive

80
Ambitious, Profound, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Funny

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.

88
Funny, Must see, Profound, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a show that is funny and makes you think about social and political issues.

Don't see it if You are offended by criticisms of religions.

55
Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Quirky, 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.

73
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


January 8th, 2018
"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 the...
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January 12th, 2018
“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 ho...
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January 8th, 2018
"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 re...
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January 8th, 2018
"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 Christi...
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