(Chris Jones’s article appeared in the Chicago Tribune, 11/19.)
Monday night at the American Theater Company was one of those Chicago evenings that make putting up with snow and ice in November — not to mention buses catching fire on Lake Shore Drive — wholly worth the cost.
Here was a really great new play, "The Humans," that took an admirable young writer, Stephen Karam, to an entirely different level. Here was a beautiful, unpretentious and kind play about ordinary, imperfect, lower-middle-class people breaking Thanksgiving bread together. This is the kind of play that Chicago actors have done especially well as long as there have been Chicago actors. There was a whole posse of those Chicago actors onstage, all digging deep into their demons and ensuring that the ensemble effect, not individual performances, was what remained seared on the memory as everyone shuffled back out into the cold.