You’ve seen it before— after too much togetherness and alcohol, a family celebration goes terribly awry often accompanied by yelling and breaking of dishes.
Although Stephen Karam’s play The Humans follows this familiar theatrical template, the histrionics are kept to a minimum, which doesn’t mean the performances and the revelations are any less powerful.
The subtlety of the play, which won a Tony, is only matched by the terrific ensemble cast who breath naturalness into every scene. There isn’t a weak performer in the group. If you were a fan of The Good Wife, Sarah Steele, who played Eli Gold’s (Alan Cumming) daughter Marissa Gold, is especially good as Brigid Blake, who hosts the meal in her Chinatown apartment.
If you are planning a post-Christmas NYC trip, put this one on your list. Closing January 15th.