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In some ways, I admire how loose Karam lets his story get there are too many characters, and plot elements just kind of flicker in and out, which make the play farinteresting than something like Other Desert Cities that plainly retraces the well made American family drama However, although his use of overlapping dialogue is impressive, it s hard for me to imagine this play sticking with me down the line. Funny and dark play about pain and loneliness in Maronite Pennsylvania. I liked this play, but I thought that the identity landscape if that makes any sense was hard to understand There were so many commentaries happening that my brain could not keep up, but it raised some really interesting points for sure I d like to see it live and see if my opinion changes then I d read this when it was first published, but wanted to re read it after finishing Karam s Tony Award winning latest play The Humans This won both the NY Drama Critic Circle and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play, as well as being a finalist for the Pulitzer four years ago, and I will be seeing a production in SF in about a month It s an odd play,a tragedy than a comedy, and it s telling that the published script has two epigrams from Chekhov, the master of such things It s a fun read I d read this when it was first published, but wanted to re read it after finishing Karam s Tony Award winning latest play The Humans This won both the NY Drama Critic Circle and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play, as well as being a finalist for the Pulitzer four years ago, and I will be seeing a production in SF in about a month It s an odd play,a tragedy than a comedy, and it s telling that the published script has two epigrams from Chekhov, the master of such things It s a fun read, and I ll be interested to see how it holds up on stage I JUST WANT TO READ THE SCRIPT Sharp, witty, hilarious, and tragic Being Lebanese American, gay with ailing health in a broken, rural, post industrial town in Pennsylvania with a crazy boss the only path to health insurance Covers just about everything, but I just loved the people. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here fuck The Humans this shouldve been the one to win the pulitzer &EPUB ⇴ Sons of the Prophet ⇴ From the NEW YORK TIMES Joseph is a former running champ, so the inflammation in his knees naturally seems to be the fallout from a torn ligament But something global appears to be at work, and in any case he is distracted from his dreary rounds of diagnosis seeking when a urgent tragedy befalls the family Joseph s father, a former steelworker, was driving home from his new maintenance job when he swerved to avoid a deer and crashed his car, landing in the hospital A week later he died of a heart attackThe deer, it turns out, was a stuffed decoy placed there by a high school student as a prank This enrages Joseph s older and ailing uncle, Bill Yusef Bulos , who is even disgusted when it is learned that the culprit is the star of the local football team, Vin Jonathan Louis Dent , a town hero who is given a dispensation by a judge to serve his sentence in juvenile detention after the football season has concluded Joseph and his younger brother, Charles Chris Perfetti who are both gay are sympathetic to Vin, an African American boy who has grown up in a foster home, and whose chance at a professional career may be jeopardizedGloria Joanna Gleason , Joseph s new boss and a book packaging expert, knows a little about career jeopardy herself She was run out of the publishing business and Manhattan when she sold a memoir by a Holocaust survivor that turned out to be fictionalized Gloria s story and Vin s are inspired by actual events Now she latches on to the discovery that Joseph s family, of Lebanese extraction, is distantly related to Kahlil Gibran, author of the perennial best selling spiritual book The Prophet In her hilariously addled mind complaining about her fall from grace, she defensively remarks, I wasn t at the Holocaust she decides that a memoir by Joseph about his family s journey will be her ticket back to the big timeMr Karam s play, which runs a little less than two hours and is performed in one seamless act , may sound top heavy with plot and character Did I mention that Gloria s emotional frailty also stems from the suicide of her husband Some of the relationships would benefit from being fleshed out in greater detail the integration of Gloria into the lives of Joseph and his family, for example The play s climax shoehorns all the elements of the story into a farcical scene that seems a little forced, funny though it isBut one of Mr Karam s themes is the indiscriminate nature of misfortune one calamity does not immunize you from the next, worse one so the multiplication of disasters roiling the characters lives is to the point And he writes with such precision that even the peripheral characters emerge as sharply drawn, multifaceted individuals Brilliantly real and funny Shows what it means to be an individual in a family. I thought this play was amazingly unique and touching Having just lost my father myself, I instantly saw the honesty in the absurdity of death and disease Most people just say, I m so sorry, and all the recipient of the apology can do is say, Thank you That whole exchange is so incredibly absurd Thank you, for my father s death, or in this case, Thank you for the absurd way my father died, and the fact that I have some rare disease that s taking away my gift of running Oh, and, so I thought this play was amazingly unique and touching Having just lost my father myself, I instantly saw the honesty in the absurdity of death and disease Most people just say, I m so sorry, and all the recipient of the apology can do is say, Thank you That whole exchange is so incredibly absurd Thank you, for my father s death, or in this case, Thank you for the absurd way my father died, and the fact that I have some rare disease that s taking away my gift of running Oh, and, sorry your family comes from a part of the world that is constantly ravaged with drama, and, oh yeah, I m sorry, that you are gaySo many trials and issues surround the story of this play, but the honesty in the absurdity is breathtakingly brave, and my hat even though I don t wear any is off to Stephen Karam for being brave In his interview before the play, published in AMERICAN THEATRE s February 2012 issue, said that many people thought that he shouldn t make both the lead male characters gay the brothers , and he said, One area where I didn t budge but thought long and hard about telling a story about two gay brothers I stuck with my gut but it wasn t some noble decision I just realized the heartbeat of the play doesn t revolve around the brothers sexuality, so I felt sure that people who dislike the play would still dislike it even if I switched their sexuality I ve heard gay writers on occasion talk about doing the opposite defending their decision to write mostly straight protagonists because they want to reach the largest possible audience But that thinking is outdated, right I mean, I m moved by straight characters all the time THE THREE SISTERS moves me every time and I ve never thought If only Masha and Olga were a little lez, I might have an in to this narrative So I trusted that straight audiences could relate to a family with two gay siblings My playwrighting instructor in grad school, Stuart Spencer, used to always tell us that the urrrr play, the one from our gut, is the one to deal with and write about, and it s obvious that in this play that Stephen Karam s insistence about sticking to the story in his head works I also think that Tony Kushner opened the art form wide with ANGELS IN AMERICA, and I m not talking about the gay theme, but allowing many themes to live within the play, and not worrying so much about too many themes clouding a story American Theatre must match its culture which is multi faceted, plural, and, most importantly, contradictory Bravo to Stephen Karam, and I hope, this play has a great life in the years to come