Ah, Thanksgiving, that most American of holidays: when families gather to celebrate the warmth of home, the bounty of the harvest â€” and a legacy of genocide and violent colonial expansion. Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorseâ€™s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally â€œwokeâ€ teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month.
News About The Thanksgiving Play at Lyric Stage Company
BWW Review: ADMISSIONS: Biting Comedy Asks You to Check Your Privilege
November 01, 2019
It's probably just a coincidence, but two fine plays currently running at two award-winning regional theaters share an unusual commonality. Both focus on the issue of white privilege and the prevailing attitude that acknowledging its existence will end it. In THE THANKSGIVING PLAY at Lyric Stage Company of Boston, the idea is to honor Native Americans in an elementary school play without benefit of any of them participating. In ADMISSIONS, receiving its Boston premiere at SpeakEasy Stage Company, a couple of white liberal educators work hard to expand racial diversity at their small New England prep school, but their progressive values are tested when their exceptional son's Ivy League dreams are derailed. Remarkably, there are no indigenous people or people of color on stage in either production, an intentional, pointed omission by the playwrights.
BWW Review: THE THANKSGIVING PLAY: Pardon Our Political Correctness
October 29, 2019
Get in the mood for the rapidly approaching holiday season by going to the Lyric Stage Company of Boston's production of THE THANKSGIVING PLAY, a sharp and funny satire by Native American playwright Larissa FastHorse that holds a mirror up to reflect the craziness of political correctness on steroids. How does a quartet of white theater artists tell the Thanksgiving story and honor Native American Heritage Month in a 45-minute elementary school play without offending anyone while being historically accurate? Very carefully, and not without numerous false starts, each one more ridiculous than the last, until not to decide is to decide.
The Lyric Stage Announces The Final Play Of It's 2019-20 Season
May 13, 2019
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces the final play in its 45th Season: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS