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Secret Life of Humans

From 64 member  reviews
Members say: Intelligent, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great staging

About the show

Archeology, philosophy, and social history collide in 'Secret Life of Humans,' inspired by Yuval Harari's international bestseller, 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.' More…

In 1949, Dr. Jacob Bronowski installs a secret, alarmed room in his house. Fifty years later his grandson discovers his secrets, unearthing echoes from across six million years of human history, told from the perspective of a century in which every year is a revolutionary year. 

Member Reviews (64)


Intelligent, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great staging
Avg Score

Preachy, Talky, Unconvincing, Well-staged, Historical

See it if you're interested in WWII England and ethics then/now. Many pronouncements, tho, are obvious or misleading. Video used; people walk on wall.

Don't see it if you want important insights or strong pacing (it drags). Still, SLOH is polished & thought-provoking. A good effort that doesn't quite work.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Epic, Intelligent

See it if If you are looking for a show with a very strong, deep plot that is both thought provoking and resonant. Very good acting . 80 minutes that

Don't see it if Goes by quickly. If your not into deep plays that make you think.

Intelligent, Serious, Heavy, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if A contemplative show with solid performances. It’s very serious and makes you think a lot. Being in the mood for that is important.

Don't see it if You prefer comedies or don’t like shows that contemplate the nature of existence.

Intelligent, Profound, Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing

See it if Three stories told including grandson's discovery his hero is linked to Manhattan Project. TED Talks frames the structure of connectedness.

Don't see it if Supposition that the audience is connecting to the ride is far reaching. Throwing in aerialists still doesn't make this confusion palatable.

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

See it if you like an intelligent show that makes you think about who you are and where you came from. There are wonderful character studies.

Don't see it if you like comedy or light hearted plays. This play is very thought provoking.

Thought provoking, Intelligent, Slow, Good staging

See it if you like semi biographical stories and deadly developments circa WWII; good acting, staging and directing; evolution of man.

Don't see it if you want an easy to follow timeline; don't like talky theater with little action; you want answers and a happy ending.

Dull, Banal, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if you enjoy plays that lack character development and does not have a dramatic arc.

Don't see it if you do not like plays in which the characters are merely mouthpieces for ideas. This is not a play so much as it is a lecture.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like metaphysical, talky plays.Staging is interesting. Play is not.Some subplots had promise, but got lost in the lectures.

Don't see it if you want a play that has something to say and says it clearly.

Intelligent, Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if look at human progress - whether we advance or have a inclination toward extinction; philosophical and talky

Don't see it if you don't want philosophical & preachy, want a linear plot & don't want contrived story. Slow in parts

Also The interesting staging makes this play more interesting than many tal... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Ambitious

See it if you like plays that make you think that are very well acted and superbly staged. It does become a bit preachy though.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light'

Intelligent, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you like a show that makes you think about what makes us human. Or you want to see some impressive visual effects.

Don't see it if you want a light fluffy show or a musical. Or you must have all your questions answered. This show leaves you with conversation starters.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to consider place and impact of a human life. Great acting. Well directed. I found it a great jumping off point for discussions.

Don't see it if The lead character comments as a moralist, but acts immorally. Many of the facts were skewed to her POV, so incorrect historically.

Also I loved this play. You are lead to believe the antagonist is the prota... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Intelligent thought provoking play performed well. Very theatrical in feel.

Don't see it if Want a straight-forward story-driven play then this is not for you. Need to bring your brain to this one.

Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you enjoy cerebral plays; you just love Brits off Broadway productions

Don't see it if you don't like dramatic plays with nothing to laugh about

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if If you like a theater of ideas, clever staging,and engaging characters. Not preachy.

Don't see it if Multiple interweaving time frames, abstract concepts, questions to which there may not be answers and no songs.

Also This production gives a whole new meaning to the word "ambitious". It'... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Quick moving, well-staged thought provoking play with fine acting and a strong message.

Don't see it if You are looking for a frothy comedic evening in the theatre.

Absorbing, Disappointing

See it if You're looking for a clever, engaging mystery of a premise that cleverly weaves drama with interestsing TED talky science.

Don't see it if You're bothered by a plot that tapers off unevenly into unspectacular reveals and uneven acting across the cast.

Secret is out

See it if Smart, classy European play.

Don't see it if Too much thinking is stressful.

Also Great set design. Like a Swiss knife, it has about six functions. Acti... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you like thought provoking ideas presented in a clever context.

Don't see it if You want a traditional plot and solid conclusion

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

See it if you'd like a thoughtful exploration of what it means to be human: are we progressing as a race, or ? Good messages, absorbing acting

Don't see it if you want a perfect ending; the show seems to have several endings in a row, as if they couldn't decide

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Well acted, thoughtful examination of human progress and dilemma .

Don't see it if Show at times is a thinly disguised, although always interesting, lecture

Absorbing, Great staging, Clever

See it if You like heady plays with big themes wrapped a round a mystery.

Don't see it if You don't like talky plays that dives into philosophy, science and the nature of what it means to be a human being.

Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You’re interested in philosophical discussions of what it means to be human. You can sit through about 90 minutes without a break.

Don't see it if You need something with a lot of action. You’re not interested in thoughtful questions about who we are and where we’re going as a species

Also I enjoyed this very much, more than I thought even from the descriptio... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great staging

See it if You enjoy stories about idols with feet of clay. You like a bit of wire work in your theater.

Don't see it if You're looking for an emotionally satisfying play; it doesn't so much resolve as stop.

Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You read Homo Sapiens and/or Homo Deus and would like to see how they inspired this intelligent and elegant play. Good drecting,

Don't see it if If restrained British acting and dry British humor is not entertaining to you. You want actors who project. You need DRAMA!

Also staging, lighting and acting in a play asking big questions. What does... Read more Read less

June 7th, 2018
"This multilayered drama is asking exactly the questions that need to be asked at this perilous moment in history...Not that this 80-minute production is outright pessimistic. Nor, while you’re watching it, is this hybrid of college lecture and dramatic demonstration all that irresistibly compell...
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June 8th, 2018
"After a while, one wonders whether this ambitious show might have been better off without such concessions to conventional storytelling...'Secret Life of Humans' is at its most stimulating when it ignores the thinly characterized relationship and fairly unsurprising mystery at its center and bec...
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June 8th, 2018
“There's no other show quite like this. It has an intriguing plot, a talented cast, and clever staging that makes the production totally unique...This is a mysterious and gripping story that sheds light on how people's attributes and failings are connected to the history of man...The cast of five...
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June 11th, 2018
"It's easy to be entranced by Byrne's acute dialogue, as well as the fluid and visually exciting staging by him and Stanley; it isn't until the show is over that you might find yourself troubled by certain nagging questions...Given the script's constant shifts of focus and unwillingness to flesh ...
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