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Winner of 4 Tony Awards

Closed February 11, 2018

A middle-class family seems to be spiraling toward perilous entropy in "The Humans," the blisteringly funny, bruisingly sad and altogether wonderful play by Stephen Karam

The New York Times

Why See The Humans?


Following its Tony Award-winning Off- and on-Broadway engagement that has lasted a year and 14 weeks, Stephen Karam's highly acclaimed play about family conflict will be headed out on its inaugural national tour kicking off in fall 2017 in Seattle. The Humans is a moving portrait of a family who come to understand each other very differently over a Thanksgiving dinner. Warm, witty and very funny, this Tony-winning triumph brings its creative team on on the road, hitting the in , , with the ensemble cast yet to be announced.

The Humans charts the at times fractious but always loving interplay between The Blakes, a Pennsylvania family uprooted to Manhattan for Thanksgiving. A real actor's showpiece, the play is a compact 95 minutes, with the action taking place in real time. Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello (An Act of God), this Roundabout Theatre production is a portrait of a flawed but very real family, who are only brought closer together by the arguments and bitter remarks that spill out as the play progresses.

What is The Humans About?

Brigid Blake has just moved to Manhattan with her boyfriend Richard, and what better way to celebrate than invite her family over for Thanksgiving? When her parents, elder sister and grandmother arrive they find a barely furnished apartment, replete with dripping taps, buzzing light bulbs and strange thumps coming through the ceiling. Determined to make the best of things, the Blakes make a start on the dinner, yet the unfamiliar surroundings instills an unusual atmosphere around the table, and they find themselves being far more candid with each other than they have been in years.

Did You know?

This beloved modern play won four Tony Awards in 2016, including one each for cast members Jayne Houdyshell (Follies) and Reed Birney (Netflix's House of Cards), as well as Best Play and Best Scenic Design Of A Play

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Opening night: 30 January 2018


Recommended for ages 15+

Run time

95 minutes, no intermission

And before you stop reading

Please note that the cast featured above and in any media are from the Broadway production, and do not illustrate the cast from this upcoming tour

Cast and Creative


Richard Thomas as Erik
Pamela Reed as Deirdre
Daisy Eagan as Brigid
Lauren Klein as Momo
Therese Plaehn as Aimee
Luis Vega as Richard


Written by Stephen Karam
Directed by Joe Mantello
Scenic Design by David Zinn
Costume Design by Sarah Laux
Lighting Design by Justin Townsend
Sound Design by Fitz Patton
Hair & Wig Design by Luc Verschueren



Best Play
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Reed Birney
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Jayne Houdyshell
Best Scenic Design of a Play


Best Play
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Best Direction of a Play - Joe Mantello
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Reed Birney
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Jayne Houdyshell
Best Scenic Design of a Play


Outstanding Play
Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play - Justin Townsend
Outstanding Sound Design in a Play - Fitz Patton
Outstanding Ensemble

What we thought

INTRIGUING Insightful encouraging

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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Nicola Quinn

Nicola Quinn

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9 reviews, average rating: (2.8 Stars)

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Jacob Jones: “GREAT SHOW”

This was a wonderfully performed show. Acting was solid all the way around.... more

Sean Lane: “Work of art ”

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