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  The Humans at Ahmanson Theatre

The Humans

Ahmanson Theatre
135 North Grand Ave Los Angeles

In his "kind, warm, beautifully observed and deeply moving new play" (Chicago Tribune), Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam (Sons of the Prophet) takes a fresh look at the hilarity, heart and horrors of modern American family life. Deciding to shake the holiday up a bit, Erik Blake brings his family from Pennsylvania to New York City to celebrate Thanksgiving at his youngest daughter's run-down apartment. But as darkness falls outside the crumbling pre-war duplex, mysterious things start to go bump in the night -- and family tensions reach a boiling point. After a successful Broadway run last year, where it won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play, The Humans now comes to the Ahmanson in L.A., directed once again by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello (Assassins).

Thru - Jul 29, 2018

Price: $30-$130

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 213-628-2772

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Los Angeles Times - Highly Recommended

"...If there's a better acting ensemble working in America right now than the extraordinary cast of "The Humans," which opened Wednesday at the Ahmanson Theatre with nearly the entire Broadway cast intact, I'm unaware of its existence."
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Charles McNulty

Broadway World - Highly Recommended

"...Writer Stephen Karam peppers the dialogue with so much humor. When Brigid focuses on depression and complains about the way life has treated her, her father reminds her that she is living organically, buying expensive food that is good for prolonging her life...why should she care if she hates life that much? Director Joe Mantello has action taking place on two levels, as the apartment is a duplex with upstairs and downstairs living quarters."
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Don Grigware

Edge - Highly Recommended

"...Stephen Karam's award-winning show, "The Humans," finds a home this summer at the Ahmanson Theatre where it plays until July 29. Coming to LA with the original Broadway cast, the phenomenal show offers us a bleak look into a troubled family during Thanksgiving dinner. You'll laugh, you'll cry, but most importantly these particular humans will haunt you long after the curtain falls."
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Michelle Sandoval

Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...We find ourselves experiencing them from the inside, and gradually the world that looked vast and full of possibilities becomes small, like a pond drying up, with reality's various representatives - supervisors, microbes, grocery prices - taking bites out of you like piranha from a floundering fish, until you can't fight or escape. Then all you can do is bear it, and love."
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Tony Frankel

LA Splash - Highly Recommended

"...There is no clear resolution to the individual challenges faced by this family, nor is there a perceivable arc to the characterizations developed by this excellent ensemble. Finally, The Humans, is an enjoyable slice-of-life theatrical experience but runner-up for a Pulitzer Prize? I donít get it."
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Beverly Cohn

Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...Laughter and fears go hand in hand at Thanksgiving dinner in Stephen Karamís justifiably honored Best Play Tony-winner The Humans, now playing at the Ahmanson with its Tony-winning stars Jayne Howdyshell and Reed Birney (and all but one of its original Broadway ensemble members) intact."
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Steven Stanley

Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended

"...Director Joe Mantello (who also helmed the Broadway incarnation) achieves a restrained tempo throughout and extracts all of the storyís nuance. But much of the playís required intimacy is lost in the massive space of the Ahmanson. The play feels too small."
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Dana Martin

On Stage and Screen - Recommended

"...Karamís characters are all remarkably well-drawn, and you almost immediately get a sense of their various personalities and dynamics. To capture decades of a family history in such a short time is no easy feat, and perhaps the most remarkable thing about the Blakes is just how normal they are. The dialogue is quick and sharp, incorporating both biting humor and moments of deep sadness. It is impossible not to connect to at least one of the characters or problems they are facing because it is simply a snapshot of everyday life, even if this particular day will be memorable to this family for a multitude of reasons."
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Erin Conley

Peoples World - Recommended

"...The Humans (seen June 20) kind of sneaks up on you. It starts off as a modest family drama as mother, father, grandmother, two daughters and a boyfriend gather for Thanksgiving dinner in New York City. Old Irish family blessings and songs are shared, lurid hometown gossip from Scranton, Pa., is aired, some good-natured kidding around, and then gradually each one gets to tell whatís really going on in their lives. It ainít pretty."
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Eric A. Gordon

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