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The Thanksgiving Play

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Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking

About the show

Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in this satire as “woke” teaching artists scramble to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month.

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Ah, Thanksgiving, that most American of holidays: when families gather to celebrate the warmth of home, the bounty of the harvest — and a legacy of genocide and violent colonial expansion. 


Member Reviews (146)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking
77
Avg Score

75
Clever, Strong acting/staging, Thought-provoking, Very broad, Theater about theater

See it if you enjoy broad humor, w/stereotyped chars (dumb actress, woke loser guy, woke uptight gal, nerdy wannabe writer). NA atrocities highlighted

Don't see it if you dislike PC attitudes being lampooned. Shn't whites try to be understanding of NAs? Shn't kids be taught real story, instead of no story?

Also I was won over by TTP. It is clever and often funny. And it has a lot ... Read more Read less

83
Very funny, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like really witty fun. A great satire of modern times political correctness and recognizable types.

Don't see it if you don't want to recognize any personal quirks and privileges​.

Also This was exceptionally smart. How far could the author go to the absur... Read more Read less

84
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Fun

See it if One of the funniest plays I have seen in awhile. Great writing & comedic performances. Smart, fast paced & lots of fun.

Don't see it if You take theater too seriously, dislike satire or farcical plays.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Sharp, Intelligent

See it if A well done satire with great comic beats. A strong script well performed by a solid and funny cast.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy satire or absurdity.

68
Disappointing, Fluffy, Indulgent, Funny, Quirky

See it if If you want a play that has humor and some good acting.

Don't see it if If you want a consistent well written comedy. A musical

75
Clever, Quirky, Relevant, Funny, Indulgent

See it if Four exaggerated characters lampoon political correctness, theater people, and thanksgiving myth. Biting satire with outlandish moments.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by this kind of thing. Some of the sketches work better than others.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Edgy

See it if Partner's 85% My 75% Interesting look at U.S. educational systems & the indigenous peoples of the U.S.It does make one THINK.

Don't see it if The humor was lost on me (my own lack of humor appreciation) It reminded me of a frat party attempt at humor at University .

93
Clever, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you want to see a riotous, provocative, insightful, incisive, well-cast play that perfectly skewers our PC (yet still insensitive) culture.

Don't see it if u don't want your own political correctness questioned; u don't believe our society is overly-sensitive or engages in cultural appropriation

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Surprising, Great writing

See it if you want to see an incisive look at the blind spots of straight white people committed to social justice.

Don't see it if you've already had your fill of the blind spots of straight white people committed to social justice.

79
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Fasthorse gets a capital E for effort in her wild & wooley satire on political correctness in the arts via very funny cast & swift direction

Don't see it if Despite some hilarious opening gambits, comedy struggles to sustain its wicked correctness & descends into a sketchy insider theatre spoof

74
Funny, Uneven, Smart, Heavy-handed, Well played

See it if you would like to attend the first NYC production of a smart, uneven play by a young indigenous playwright.

Don't see it if you are expecting some indigenous actors in a play called "The Thanksgiving Play;" there are none.

Also There are a lot of laughs in "The Thanksgiving Play." Many of the best... Read more Read less

69
Funny, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you like satire, esp. about well-meaning but clueless, privileged white folk, want to support a Native American playwright, like 1-acts

Don't see it if you tire of one-joke concepts that get stretched too far or didn't like long sketches on Carol Burnett, shows with no plot or resolution

68
Lays bare absurdity of thanksgiving school plays celebrating "our friends" the native americans; amusing but thin

See it if satire of all things politically correct: racial, sexual, educational, theatrical; silly proceedings but deep message; good comedic actors

Don't see it if thin, more skit than well-developed play, at least 30 mins too long; comedy stereotypes grow tiresome

82
Entertaining, Hilarious, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy theatre that deals with communicating about ethnic and cultural sensitivities, all the while keeping you laughing throughout.

Don't see it if you're easily offended or believe the Thanksgiving story we've been told as kids is gospel.

78
Funny, Relevant, Cliched, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You're a theatremaker or frequent theatregoer who would enjoy a play that pokes fun at "woke" white people (and the theatre they make).

Don't see it if You dislike comedies that feel like extended SNL skits. Though semi-realistic, the cast is more often playing for laughs instead of honesty.

77
Thought-provoking, Amusing, Topical

See it if You'd enjoy a play about political correctness as it relates to the history of Thanksgiving told in a lighthearted manner.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play about the topics above. It is kind of silly and in the end didn't add up to much.

Also I didn't find that the little songs and skits for children about Thank... Read more Read less

81
Clever, Hilarious, Quirky, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you like satire and silliness. Over the top conclusions based on scanty evidence that keeps spiraling into additional foolishness.

Don't see it if you expect a serious consideration of social issues.

76
Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Quirky

See it if About Four people trying to do a thanksgiving play in school and dealing with not offending anyone.

Don't see it if have a open mind and not offended easy. It far from the thanksgiving picture that people have today.

Also Parts of this play was hilarious, some of the humor I did not get. Its... Read more Read less

71
Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Satirical

See it if Four white people attempt a culturally sensitive re-write of Native-American Heritage. First effort by Native-American, Ms. Fasthorse.

Don't see it if A missed opportunity. Instead of a chance to hear the views of one who knows, Fasthorse cops out with meaningless "nothingness" conclusion.

70
Great ensemble work, Impressive staging, Funny, Overlong, Quirky

See it if you enjoy broad satire that runs out of steam about half way. Look at it as an extended SNL skit.

Don't see it if you don't like broad satire about political correctness. Also, if you do not like repetition in your plays.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a witty play that skewers political correctness. Very funny situations and really relevant to our times.

Don't see it if you believe in political correctness at all costs.

Also This is such a relevant play to our times. Very thought provoking. Wha... Read more Read less

91
Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Resonant

See it if You like Irreverent plays about events in history as told from the point of view of the indigenous people. A totally hilarious show

Don't see it if You like conventional rendering of an historical event. You are very P. C..

Also A group of elementary teachers receive various grants to put on a Than... Read more Read less

78
Woke & politically (in)correct, Funny, Relevant, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you're up for lots of laughs and giggles. Margo Seibert is great as the dumb actress hired to be the Native American representative.

Don't see it if you expect to hear the voice of the American Indian. A little satire & silliness go a long way but this gets a little repetitious & slow

78
Great acting, Hilarious, Resonant, Cliched, Unsubtle

See it if you enjoy broad satire aimed at the political correctness of the "woke" who are so afraid of offending that they tie themselves in knots.

Don't see it if the idea of an 85-minute SNL sketch does not appeal to you or if you were expecting a Native American playwright to offer original insights.

Also There are some theatrical "in" jokes that are very funny.

86
Absurdist satirical comedy, Spoof of pc terms and language, Hilarious treatment of serious subject, Great writing and acting

See it if Caucasians attempt to write play with significant Native American theme without Indians resulting in Thanksgiving with nothing about Indians

Don't see it if You aren’t willing to be educated about multiple conflicting factual roots & backgrounds for what has become our Thanksgiving day tradition


November 5th, 2018
"Thanksgiving is not the only object of the satire, and to the extent the play sometimes seems to miss its mark, it’s because the mark keeps moving...That this aspect of the satire works as well as it does is a credit to the swift pacing of Moritz von Stuelpnagel’s production and the acuity of hi...
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November 5th, 2018
"FastHorse may have had good intentions, but 'The Thanksgiving Play' is neither funny nor humane. Its humor is snide and forced...Director Moritz von Stuelpnagel is milking the comedy as hard as he can, but the cow is dry, and in the process he’s pushing Bareilles, Keller, and Seibert into the ki...
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November 5th, 2018
"It's very, very funny...Not all the jokes land, and even with its brief 90-minute running time, the evening ultimately has the feel of an overextended sketch. But the play delivers plenty of uproarious moments and, under the expert direction of Moritz von Stuelpnagel, the performers' uproarious...
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November 5th, 2018
“An uproarious elementary school backstager, it is by far the funniest satire yet written about the ‘woke’ warriors sleepwalking through American society...Von Stuelpnagel provides an energetic staging that skirts the line between ridiculous and all-too-real...FastHorse leaves room to sympathize ...
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