Thanksgiving is a stressful time for many families. “The Humans”, by Stephen Karam, lays these these stressors out in a heartfelt way, transporting the audience to the Blake family Thanksgiving.
The play takes place in Brigid Blake’s new apartment that she shares with her boyfriend, Richard, in Chinatown, New York.
Her parents, Erik and Deirdre, her sister Aimee, and her grandmother, Fiona, (or Momo as she’s called), all come to celebrate the American tradition. But this family is far from traditional.
The play unfolds as a family comedy, but the mood becomes more dramatic as the show continues and the characters are forced to deal with their transgressions, diseases and guilt. It’s as though the audience has truly entered a dysfunctional family holiday, and anyone who watches the show will find themselves in at least one of the characters.
Although some of the plot points are cliched, the story itself is an entirely unique stance on problems in the modern American family unit.
The Humans was the winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play and is sure to have you on the edge of your seat!
by Stephen Karam
Rated – R for language
Things that go bump in the night…
August 6 & 13 @ 7:30 pm
august 7, 8, 14 & 15 @ 8:00
august 9 & 16 @ 2:30 pm
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The language of the play makes the setting come to life, especially when Brigid’s parents are expressing their concern for her safety. At one point, Deirdre looks out the window and says to Brigid, “It’s an alley full of cigarette butts,” to which Brigid retorts, “It’s an interior courtyard.” It’s comedy gold and a true-to-life conversation showing the dynamic between a parent and their child, even when the child is an adult.
From beginning to end, “The Humans” is a wild ride. Every character is full of depth, but also vice. It shows the full range of emotions that a family can collect over time, and it doesn’t fall neatly into a specific genre. It’s humorous, heart-wrenching and includes horror elements which come to life by the end of the show.
“The Humans” is a must-see. It will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced struggle, grief, or pain, and will leave an impression that will last well after the show has come to a close.
Box office opens to members
Monday, July 20 @10:00 am
Box office opens to the public
Monday, July 27 @10:00 am
ALT Adventure Space
2751 Civic Circle
Box office phone: 806-355-9991
Recommended for all ages 18 and up.
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Families Can Talk About
The focal point of the play, centers around six fears that every human faces: poverty, criticism, failing health, lost love, old age and death.