Richard Thomas on The Humans, the legacy of John-Boy Walton, and the monstrosity of It
WALTON FAMILY’S TRAGIC SECRET LIVES: PLAYBOY PIX, BOOZE, DISEASE AND BAD MARRIAGES RAVAGE TV ICONS
It has a lot of life stuff. Thomas stars alongside Pamela Reed, Daisy Eagan and Lauren Klein in the minute, intermissionless play, making a stop at the Kennedy Center through the end of this month. The action takes place at a family Thanksgiving dinner that becomes increasingly combative, as the kin grapple with issues ranging from aging and illness to religion and financial hardship. In fact, the text is highly complicated, specific, very precise, and technically very demanding. Nothing is left to chance, even though it looks like it. Metro Weekly's Emails are a great way to stay up-to-date with everything you want to know -- and more!
By Todd Venezia. One posed for Playboy, one battles a deadly disease, another drifts between dead-end jobs and another is a successful businessman. This was a show about a poor, rural, large family growing up in the Depression.
The presentation of this collection of minute microplays by prominent writers is dedicating part of its revenue to organizations advocating for same-sex marriage rights, which is something I can applaud, as a gay-married theatergoer. As a critic, though, I'm reminded that a good cause doesn't necessarily mean good art. The talent assembled is impressive. Not too shabby.