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The Humans Review: Can You Find Yourself Among The Characters of The Humans?

Despite the grandiose cast and the remarkable name that The Humans show has gained throughout the States, there is absolutely nothing flashy about it! The 2016 Tony Award it won for the Best Play was given particularly for the incredible acting ensemble and the artful comic representation of a casual drama typical to most American families. Writing The Humans review, this is the first thing that comes to one’s mind. One simply can’t but admire how Stephen Karam succeeded in creating such a play that makes people look at the most serious problems that occur between family members with a smile. Laughing through tears, it’s only your secret whether those tears are of laughter or the sympathy for the Blakes‘ (or perhaps your own).

the humans review: Blakes' family
Going on with The Humans play review, we can see a one-act play unfolding over a Thanksgiving dinner. Within this amazing multigenerational family, every member is a unique character with his worldview and beliefs, troubles and worries. And once the tensions gradually start to convert into disclosing all the secrets, you may find a model of a modern, middle-class American family perhaps relatable to your own. But prior to that, the play tells how Brigid Blake, played by Sarah Steele, moved to live with her boyfriend Richard played by Nick Mills in a duplex apartment in Chinatown, Manhattan. If we review this young couple’s house as a duplex apartment, it doesn‘t mean the house isn‘t a small shabby gloomy flat deprived of any amenities, which, indeed, it is. The poor flat becomes one of the reasons Brigid’s mother Deirdre, artfully played by Jayne Houdyshell becomes angry with her daughter. The next reason for her grudge is that her daughter lives with a man without being married or at least engaged.

The Humans Broadway Review shows the similarity of all mothers stuck in such situation as Deirdre.

The Humans show brought a Tony Award for the best role to Reed Birney who played as Erik, Deirdre’s husband. Here, he appears somewhat atypical and anxious. Perhaps the reason for such a behavior of our character is that he didn‘t sleep well the night before having to drive his family 170 miles from Pennsylvania to New York. Besides, this man is still terrified by the terror acts taken place in New York in 2001 and is far not content that his daughter has moved to this dangerous city.

The Humans review shows the reason for such a deep horror is that on the day of the terror act, Erik and his elder daughter Aimee were in New York.

He wasn‘t in the World Trade Center just because the observation deck was closed, while Aimee was taking an interview in one of the towers. Having lost her daughter for several hours in the horrifying chaos after the tragedy, Erik can’t yet get rid of those memories. Obviously, by including this into the play, Karam touches the forbidden places in the audience members’ hearts. This is a clever step, as people get to the characters even deeper finding themselves and their acquaintances in the characters of the play.

The Humans Review: characters
The next Humans’ personage reviewed is Aimee played by Cassie Beck. Aimee is a lesbian and has recently parted with her girlfriend not without a scandal. Besides, she is close to losing her job as a lawyer. Aimee’s “banner year” is made even more “remarkable” with her severe ulcerative colitis.
And the final member of the Blake family is Momo played by Lauren Klein, Erik’s old mother suffering from dementia. She constantly creates little, yet irritating problems for the entire family. What concern’s Richard desperately trying to become a part of this troublesome family, he is an odd personality, too. Such character traits of Richard are reviewed as his passion toward superfoods, his habit of making lists or constant talks about his own depression. You see, every member of the Blake family is one-of-a-kind, yet at the same time, typical for the modern American society.
Not to make The Humans Broadway show review a spoiler, there is no need to go into details particularly what the Blake family talks about during their Thanksgiving dinner and what a bombshell is revealed to Aimee and Brigid right in the end of the dinner. Anyway, the fact that a whole hour and thirty-five minutes promise you an expertly paced performance, though deprived of many actions, makes you get prepared for it before taking your seat. No matter, how many reviews on the Humans show you have read before seeing it, you still feel tensed once the family issues start rising to the surface and the secrets become revealed.

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Each character skillfully created by Karam is remarkable in its own. Surely, capturing decades of a family history in an hour and a half is far not an easy task, yet the moments of deep sadness, sharp dialogues filled with biting humor and the normality of all the problems the Blakes have, make it not only interesting but also significant to every audience member.
The Blakes’ are specific and universal, while the cast is incredibly talented beyond any words. And if this review on The Humans Broadway show made it a primary plan to go and see it, the show itself will give you amazing emotions and some food for thought.