Hardships and Humanity at the Holidays

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Cassie Beck, Sarah Steele and Arian Moayed in Roundabout Theatre Company's 'The Humans.' Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Cassie Beck, Sarah Steele and Arian Moayed in Roundabout Theatre Company's 'The Humans.' (Joan Marcus)

The holiday season is approaching ... or looming, you might say, depending on how you feel about holidays and family get-togethers. A middle-class family Thanksgiving in lower Manhattan is the setting for Stephen Karam’s “The Humans,” another play in a long line that finds its springboard in domestic tensions tightened to the breaking point at ritual gatherings.

But New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood says Karam’s work has several, mostly good, surprises in store in this "flawless" production. “The Humans,” directed by Joe Mantello in a Roundabout Theatre Company production, runs through Dec. 27 at the Laura Pels Theatre.

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