The Humans

By: Amanda Narcisi

Photo by Michael Henninger

Photo by Michael Henninger

In hindsight all the things we stress over is nothing. That is the main theme that comes to light in the end of The Humans, a drama currently on stage at Pittsburgh Public Theater.

The play is centered around Thanksgiving dinner in the new home of Brigid and Richard. This young new couple just moved to Chinatown from Queens which is not approved by Brigid’s parents. On this Thanksgiving Brigid’s parents came to visit with her sister Aimee and “Momo”; the grandmother who escaped New York when she was younger. Momo has slipped away into dementia however she still plays a pivotal role in dinner. 

Photo by Michael Henninger

Photo by Michael Henninger

The Parents, Diedre and Erik are having issues of their own and it all bubbles over when multiple bottles of beer and wine have been consumed and things start to get real. The play comes to a climax at the end when a family secret is let out and Aimee and Brigid are without words. It is all rested on Erik’s shoulders and he just keep confirming that everyone will be okay. This goes back to Momo’s last email tot he girls where she tells them that in the end the things we fear the most are nothing at all to worry about; things like dancing at weddings. All the time that the drama of the family is being told around the table there is creepy things going on like loud noises and lights going out, all that can be blamed on life in noisy Manhattan.s 

Description: Producing Artistic Director Ted Pappas introduces Pittsburgh Public Theater's production of The Humans, written by Stephen Karam and directed by Pamela Berlin.

The Humans are on stage at Pittsburgh Public Theater now through December 10th with various dates and showtimes. For tickets and more information visit ppt.org.