THE HUMANS: ★★★★ FROM TIME OUT
Posted on 7 September 2018.
‘The Humans’ review
ALICE SAVILLE, Time out
'Hampstead Theatre is presumably feeling pretty pleased with itself after landing a transfer of Stephen Karam's hit 2015 Broadway play, with original cast intact. And rightly so. 'The Humans' has a pretty unimaginative set-up: a bickering family with adult kids are plonked round a Thanksgiving dinner table and left to work through their differences. But it irradiates these elements with its ghostly, comfortless vision of a crumbling society.'
'The knife-edge horror of debt and instability are heightened, in Joe Mantello's tense, naturalistic production, by doomy rumblings of something supernatural just at the edges of everyone's consciousness.'
'Ultimately, this production's haunted house rumblings feel a bit overwrought – perhaps because with writing this vivid, we don't need real ghosts to feel the chill.'