The Thanksgiving Play
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The Thanksgiving Play
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The Thanksgiving Play NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(152 Ratings)
Positive
80%
Mixed
17%
Negative
3%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, 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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Show-Score Member Reviews (152)

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266 Reviews | 27 Followers
100
Funny, Hilarious, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want to laugh from beginning to end; you're happy to poke fun of liberal white Americans

Don't see it if you're expecting something profound; you don't like off-Broadway plays; you only like musicals

59 Reviews | 16 Followers
100
Hilarious, Relevant, Insightful, Bold, Mischievous

See it if you'll enjoy laughing at mockery of systems of oppression, performative wokeness, and theater people.

Don't see it if you aren't able to laugh at yourself or find grim humor in difficult truths, or if you're a MAGA turd (though maybe you *should* see it).

HLS
80 Reviews | 18 Followers
99
Delightful, Hilarious, Relevant, Refreshing, Must see

See it if you want a fresh, creative, funny, zany satire exploring cultural sensitivities written by a Native American woman. I loved it.

Don't see it if you're too easily offended? Idk, that's a stretch. No reason not to see it in my mind. Read more

95 Reviews | 30 Followers
96
Hilarious, Must see, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want to see a satire about the genocide of the Natives, Veganism, white-male-privilage, PC culture. Written by a Native American.

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor! Read more

65 Reviews | 11 Followers
96
Hilarious, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you love smart, funny comedies with great acting, writing, and direction; you enjoy laughing, cringing, and thinking simultaneously.

Don't see it if you want to miss a great evening of theatre & experience FOMO when it sells out; you want a serious, dramatic, or mindless theatre.

68 Reviews | 10 Followers
95
Hilarious, Clever, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a very timely comedy

Don't see it if you do not like rapid-fire comedy

72 Reviews | 45 Followers
95
Great writing, Hilarious, Great acting, Refreshing, Tryptophan-free

See it if you'd like a little bit of levity to ease you into the holidays.

Don't see it if you don't have an appreciation for ironic humor. Read more

360 Reviews | 76 Followers
95
The play i've been waiting for!, Ironically funny, Nearly farcical, Politically incorrect, and loved it!

See it if This play depicts the constipation of discourse that occurs in politically correct environments. If you're tired of that, you'll love this!

Don't see it if You are a snowflake, or if an honest depiction of the backhanded censorship we now endure might be troubling or discomfiting to you.

Critic Reviews (29)

The New York Times
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 his casting...The problem for 'The Thanksgiving Play' is that, in splitting its satirical attention, it shortchanges the nominal subject."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 kind of parody where the zaniness feels ungrounded and lifeless...FastHorse hasn’t figured out how to make her characters grow and change, so the whole endeavor feels dull and arcless."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 turns make their characters as endearing as they are daffy."
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Theatermania
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 with her characters...’The Thanksgiving Play’ delightfully skewers fashionable correctness...FastHorse is clearly unrestrained by fear, making her voice a refreshing addition to the NY theater.”
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BroadwayWorld
November 7th, 2018

“Fasthorse’s comedy of social justice warrior errors...Von Stuelpnagel keeps the characters sympathetic...The concept of seeing well-meaning white liberals through the eyes of a member of a group they're trying to support is a subject ripe for meaningful satire. But despite some interesting moments and a few good laughs, ’The Thanksgiving Play‘ dilutes the concept into pretty standard sketch comedy.”
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Lighting & Sound America
November 6th, 2018

“So packed with up-to-the-minute laughs that watching it, I half-wondered if the script had been completed that afternoon...von Stuelpnagel has assembled a quartet of actors perfectly in synch with FastHorse's faultless ear for fatuous speech. As Logan, Bareilles effortlessly delivers such mouthfuls...’The Thanksgiving Play’ --which doesn't overstay its welcome, even for a second --is a living hell for her characters, but a holiday for the audience.”
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Talkin' Broadway
November 5th, 2018

"Larissa FastHorse's extremely amusing and thoughtful satire...She aims to present a Thanksgiving play that will tear down the white-guy constructs that endured for centuries and willfully misrepresented the Native American view...It's a nimble production, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel with the same comic verve he exhibited in 'Hand to God,' and acted by a quartet that are in exquisite sync...FastHorse raises tough questions even as she keeps us laughing."
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New York Stage Review
November 5th, 2018

"FastHorse deals out a bright satirical notion that tickles up plentiful laughter during its initial scenes. Then the show and its humor gradually wind down as 85 minutes tick away. The piece registers finally as a clever sketch that proves insufficiently developed...Although 'The Thanksgiving Play' does not achieve its potential as a satire—and the acting of this production is surprisingly indifferent—at least it contemplates an important subject."
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