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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 21 2014

The Humans—good title. Perfect, in fact, for this cunning new play by Stephen Karam, inasmuch as his six characters are nothing if not. They gather for 90 minutes to do the most human things: Joke. Eat. Lie. Pray. Ail. Hope. Worry. Bicker. Nap. Monopolize the bathroom. Complain about the neighbors. Try to get a handle on their lives and fail. Their humanity trumps even the demands of conventional narrative; privileging behavior over drama, Karam waits until the last minute to deliver the sensational piece of information with which most other playwrights would start. It's Thanksgiving Day. Erik and Deirdre Blake are in Manhattan, along with grown daughter Aimee and Erik's mom, Fiona. They've come all the way from Scranton, Pennsylvania, to celebrate the holiday at the Chinatown apartment their younger daughter, Brigid, shares with her significant other, Richard. A would-be musician currently serving drinks for a living, Brigid is sure she lucked out with her new place—a duplex hellhole whose barred upper-floor window looks out on what she likes to call an "interior courtyard" while the bottom floor sits bunker-deep and windowless underground. (I'm all too familiar with the setup, my two sons having occupied similar downtown digs at one time or another. Scenic designer David Ferguson gets the idiom exactly right.) Every so often there's a crash from the apartment above, as if an airplane had hit the building. Continue reading >>

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