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The Humans

Closed March 4, 2018

This is why we go to the theatre, it's the best play of the year!

New York Magazine

Why See The Humans?

Walnut Street Theatre presents Stephen Karam's Tony-winning play!

Following its Tony Award-winning Off- and on-Broadway engagement that has lasted a year and 14 weeks, Stephen Karam's highly acclaimed play about family conflict will be staged early next year as part of the 2017/18 season at the Walnut Street Theatre. The drama is a moving portrait of a family who come to understand each other very differently over a Thanksgiving dinner. Warm, witty and very funny, this Tony-winning triumph brings its joyous humanity to Philadelphia, staged and produced by the talented creatives at Walnut Street. With rave reviews from the press, see why this play won over 16 stage awards, including a Tony Award.

The Humans charts the at times fractious but always loving interplay between The Blakes, a Pennsylvania family uprooted to Manhattan for Thanksgiving. A real actor's showpiece, the play is a compact 95 minutes, with the action taking place in real time. Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello (An Act of God), this Roundabout Theatre production is a portrait of a flawed but very real family, who are only brought closer together by the arguments and bitter remarks that spill out as the play progresses.

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Opening night: 16 January 2018


Recommended for ages 15+

Run time

95 minutes, no intermission

And before you stop reading

Please be aware that this production is not affiliated with the 2017/18 national tour, and that images shown are taken from the 2016 Broadway production

Cast and Creative


Mary Martello as Deirdre Blake
Greg Wood as Erik
Alex Keiper as Brigid
Jennie Eisenhower as Aimee
Sharon Alexander as Fiona ("Momo")
Ibrahim Miari as Richard


Written by Stephen Karam



Best Play
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Reed Birney
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Jayne Houdyshell
Best Scenic Design of a Play


Best Play
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Best Direction of a Play - Joe Mantello
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Reed Birney
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Jayne Houdyshell
Best Scenic Design of a Play


Outstanding Play
Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play - Justin Townsend
Outstanding Sound Design in a Play - Fitz Patton
Outstanding Ensemble

What you thought

3 reviews, average rating: (2.3 Stars)

2.5 star rating

Mike : “Raw and Smart”

This play depicts real life, with real life issues. Because of that,... more

Lucy Leonard: “The Humans”

Pointless and mind numbing. I can't understand how this thing won any... more

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