The Humans

O’Reilly Theater
Through December 10
2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

The Pittsburgh premiere of the Tony Award-winning play, “The Humans,” is perfectly timed for the season of wishbones, dinner table debates and football watching.

Produced by Pittsburgh Public Theater, the Pulitzer-nominated work was penned by acclaimed playwright and Scranton native, Stephen Karam, and is directed by Pamela Berlin.

Spend Thanksgiving in bustling Chinatown with three generations of the Blake family from Scranton, PA. The Irish Catholic clan is visiting NYC because Brigid Blake (Valeri Mudek) has just moved there with her boyfriend, Richard Saad (Arash Mokhtar).

Among the dinner guests are Brigid’s mother Deirdre, her father Erik and his mother — aka Momo. Also attending is Brigid’s sister Aimee, an attorney from Philadelphia.

Along with plenty of eating, familial bonds and bickering, the play chronicles real-time Thanksgiving shenanigans — “everything from minor complaints to serious setbacks, runs up and down a spiral staircase to get to the bathroom” and more.

Yet what appears to be a typical Thanksgiving turns eerie as strange forces erupt. Exploring the psychological and emotional issues behind families, the play will have you asking: “Is this just life in contemporary Manhattan, or is something else going on?”

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Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.