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New York | 1h 30m | Ends Nov 25

The Thanksgiving Play

From 28 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant, Great acting

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. 



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91
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if interested in a sincerely laugh-out-loud funny and satirical exploration of cultural sensitivities in modern society

Don't see it if you don't enjoy satire/comedies or you're fundamentally opposed to the idea promoting a diverse representation of voices

90
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you believe in fantastic play-writing and shining a light on racial equity, understanding erasure, and want one hell of a good laugh!

Don't see it if you're triggered by conversations around white privilege, or are unwilling to laugh about absurd truths.

89
Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You enjoy goofy comedy and lampooning white people.

Don't see it if You can’t handle a broader style of comedy and acting

87
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You love smart funny and sly plays that have important things to say and leave you thinking. I want to see more from this playwright.

Don't see it if If you hate political correctness. I found the characters bumbling PC efforts both endearing and educational. Respect.

85
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you have questioned whether the 'pc' movement has made any improvements and how it affects our world.

Don't see it if you can't stand a little blood.

85
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if A sharply-written spoof about an elementary school theater teacher trying to prepare a 45-min play for Thanksgiving

Don't see it if The serious target - in trying to be hyper-politically correct and respectful of Native Americans, it's impossible to say anything.

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

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.

81
Clever, Quirky, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if Leaving PC behavior for a moment , this is a very funny play. Sit back and enjoy the over the top action.

Don't see it if If you prefer dramas or musicals.

80
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if a satiric look at both elementary school plays and political correctness and woke cultural awareness

Don't see it if much of the humor revolves around being white and empowered & around cliches of gluten free, kale based woke attitudes.

80
Funny, Intelligent, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if Very funny story of 4 white people trying to do a “woke” version of the play for kids. Performers were excellent.

Don't see it if Cliches about overly PC people and actors. Many cheap shots. Worst of all, the PH is kept at freezing temperatures. Complaints don’t help.

Also I have complained about the temperature of the theater the last 3 time... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Clever, Satirical, Entertaining, Well staged

See it if you want to laugh (and laugh you will) at the oftentimes absurdness of being too politically correct.

Don't see it if you believe the Pilgrims and Native Americans feasted on the 4th Thursday in November.

78
Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy poking fun at political correctness run amok.

Don't see it if you're looking for anything deep. It raises interesting questions but doesn't really come to any real conclusions.

78
Funny, Relevant

See it if You're ready to laugh at the efforts artsy liberals make to be crowned "the most woke"

Don't see it if You dislike theatre in-jokes.

77
Clever, Excoriating, Will be divisive

See it if you can handle a scathing and smart takedown of your best intentions; sometimes you like plays against the grain

Don't see it if you support minority voices only if they congratulate you for it; expect a reassuring pat on the back for your interest in Native Americans

Also More like a 2x4 to the face. In the vein of Playwrights Horizons’ rece... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Thought-provoking, Strong acting/staging, 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

75
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you would like a comedy about a serious matter.

Don't see it if you are sensitive about being politically correct, or if you insist serious matters can be addressed only through drama.

Also Lots of inside jokes for actors, directors and playwrights. The line a... Read more Read less

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

70
Funny, Quirky, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if You like and understand rather unsubtle satire with a serious message behind it. The acting is good but the message is a bit overlong.

Don't see it if You don't like satire and are intolerant of humor to contain a hidden message

69
“hunh?”

See it if You enjoy slight plays with charming comic performances.

Don't see it if You are looking for some there there in a play.

Also I was hoping to hear a fresh, new voice satirizing the political corre... Read more Read less

68
Silly, Good acting, Somewhat funny, Over-the-top satire, Ultra-farcical

See it if you like farces, satires of the theater world, good acting, some witty dialog and extreme silliness.

Don't see it if you favor subtlety in dialog, acting, character development and dislike slapstick comedy that is not consistently funny.

66
Disappointing, Cliched, Uneven, Some laughs

See it if you enjoy the 12:50am sketch on SNL, clever staging and props, want to laugh at NPR-type liberal white people.

Don't see it if you want sharp or insightful humor, you dislike superficial caricatures and very broad acting, want a sharp political satire.

Also I had high hopes for this piece and was looking forward to a satire of... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Slow, Repetitious

See it if If you want to see a SNL type play that goes on much too long

Don't see it if you have no patience for satire of PC thoughts

Also Unfortunately, a good idea that would make a good 15 minutes play is s... Read more Read less

65
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if WANT TO SEE PLAY BY THE NATIVE AMERICAN WRITER (PLAY IS NOT BAD, SOMETHING THAT IS NOT TOO POLITICALY CORRECT)

Don't see it if You still naive enough and expect to see the satire on our society and it's constant attempts to kiss someone's a...and to satisfy all

Also This is the first time when I can not express my opinion and to cleary... Read more Read less

61
Great acting, Indulgent, Disappointing, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy silly farces on timely topics, such as putting on an elementary school Thanksgiving play.

Don't see it if you want to see a tightly written, funny show.

Also Four people sitting in back of me, in the theater, laughted hysterical... Read more Read less

55
Disappointing, Good concept, Tepid humor

See it if You are a fan of comedies. You particularly enjoy comedies which pillory "people like us".

Don't see it if You prefer to have your funny bone tickled with a feather rather than a sledgehammer, and like your funny very funny.


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