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

77%
(146 Reviews)
Positive
80%
Mixed
18%
Negative
2%
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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Member Reviews (146)

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962 Reviews | 338 Followers
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? Read more

815 Reviews | 889 Followers
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​. Read more

791 Reviews | 1003 Followers
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.

878 Reviews | 218 Followers
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

507 Reviews | 1868 Followers
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.

691 Reviews | 212 Followers
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.

713 Reviews | 119 Followers
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.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
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

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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