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The Humans Reviews

Broadway ShowsPlaysCritics Picks2016 Tony Winners

Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.7 Stars)

Number of reviews: 22



1.0 star rating from Los Angeles, California


I do not know if the script called for multiple awkward silences between spoken words, talking over other actors lines, and that dreadful no message ending, but either it was the cast or poor direction, but it is beyond me how the Los Angeles play of the Humans I saw won a tony for anything. If I had been sitting on the aisle, I would hav walked out about 1/2 way in.

1.0 star rating Silver M. from Los Angeles, California


I don't understand what is funny about sitcom dialogue at more than $50/seat. Nor why the audience must react as if they are at home and constantly comment on the show. The noise reportedly from the seventy-something Chinese lady upstairs made no sense. And the change in tone while anticipated was overly stark and did not feel as if it fit with the rest of the show. Very disappointing show. I no longer trust the Tony Award as being a good enough reason to see a show. I would not recommend this show even though there really is not a bad seat in the house.

1.0 star rating Tim from Boston, Massachusetts


The Emperor has no clothes folks. Save your money and instead just spend a day with a friend visiting his dim witted family and relatives. You'll regret it but at least you'll be doing a nice deed instead of sitting through this dog and feeling like a fool for listening to the critics who seem to be enthralled in finding meaning in something with less substance than a piece of chewed gum.

1.0 star rating Anonymous season ticket holder from Minneapolis, Minnesota


The Humans was incredibly depressing and depicted a dysfunctional family having Thanksgiving dinner. The plot didn't really go anywhere except to highlight each character's flaws and current life problems. Spoiler- no happy ending and with little plot, really no ending at all. The grandma character with Alzheimer's was the hardest to watch; a couple times making a joke of her mental state. The father has a drinking problem as well. Very, very depressing and hard to watch if you've ever known or dealt with anyone with Alzheimer's or alcoholism. The cast and set was fine but the content itself was not worth the ticket price. I had to go home and watch something funny afterward to revive my spirit.

1.0 star rating Anne A from Chicago, Illinois


The New York production received such superlative reviews. I was looking forward to seeing it here in Chicago. The acting was fine and we had great seats. But there is no real story or character development. Just a lot of cliches and things that go nowhere. I am rarely so out of tune with the critics, but his was a big disappointment. I read tons of character driven fiction and know that it can be compelling. The Humans was not.

1.0 star rating Kathy Holliday from Grapevine, TX


Not very entertaining. Left Broadway theater feeling "down" after watching this sad depiction of a modern day family. If you're looking for an upbeat production, this is NOT the performance for you. Save your money. Actors are very good, but content is depressing. Certainly hope that this does not depict the average american family.

1.0 star rating Sylvia S from Seattle, Washington


I went to see The Humans expecting excellent Broadway, star quality drama. There was some fine acting, lots of well executed stage business, but no drama whatsoever. Utterly boring. My Thanksgiving dinner with my family was more exciting.


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Highlights the ongoing issues of depression, indulgence, aging and the distressing notion that America's next generation is flooded with debt before they even begin

As the family prepares for a Thanksgiving dinner, served on paper plates, we understand that family is everything. The family dynamics are well studied by playwright Stephen Karam in this intriguing and insightful production.

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