Dramatic and Funny! The Humans at Alley Theatre in Houston (Through March 24, 2019)

The Humans is about a family gathering in New York City on Thanksgiving. They are celebrating at the new duplex of the daughter and her boyfriend. Her mother is upset that they are moving in together before they are married. Her father doesn’t seem to mind, but he has a secret that he is very hesitant to share. Her sister has a chronic illness that caused her to lose her job and maybe her girlfriend too. Lastly, the grandmother is suffering from dementia.


Given the magnitude of the various interpersonal dynamics between the characters and the life complexities they are faced with, this play results in a stimulating experience for the audience. Additionally, it is also packed with continuous humor. It’s a real slice of life play that draws you in slowly with great dialog and excellent acting. The two-story set excellently recreates a duplex in Manhattan. The sounds of the neighbors and the trash compactor set the scene very well. While the title at first seems quite generic, it actually describes the play quite well in its simplicity.

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When the boyfriend mentions that this is quite a Thanksgiving experience, the mother says that he should just wait for Christmas! Here’s hoping for a sequel that invites the audience back for that dinner! This winner of the Tony Award for Best Play in 2016 surely deserves it.

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Get tickets now for The Humans through March 24th!

Cost of a ticket: $40
PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Exceptional Value
Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Quinn Delaney

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