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Posted on Feb 14, 2019

Drama-comedy ‘The Humans’ comes to Masquers Theater

It’s Thanksgiving, it’s family, it’s old grudges, it’s new hurdles. It’s the latest play opening at Soap Lake’s playhouse Masquers Theater, titled “The Humans.”
The play opens this Friday, with shows every weekend from Feb. 15 until March 3, and it’s directed by Masquers mainstay Cheri Barbre (BAR-bree).
Stephen Karam wrote this play, which won a Tony in 2016, weaving a complex tale behind what looks like a mundane scene, a family getting together on Thanksgiving.
“It just intrigued me how he was able to subtly bring out all these little secrets,” Barbre said. “It just fascinated me.”

From the left, Deirdre (Patty Jardine) helps her mother-in-law Momo (Rosalee Chamberlain) get to the family’s Thanksgiving table, as Deirdre’s daughter Brigid (Emma Russell) watches and husband Erik (Darryl Pheasant) watch. “The Humans” opens this weekend at Soap Lake’s Masquers Theater.
Photo by Sebastian Moraga/Post-Register

The play stars Patty Jardine as Deirdre Blake, Darryl Pheasant as her husband Erik, Penny Sanford and Emma Russell as their grown children Aimee and Brigid, Rosalee Chamberlain as Erik’s ailing mom Fiona, referred to as “Momo” in the play, and Justin Rowland as Brigid’s significant other, Richard.
“Each character is very complex,” Barbre said.
When casting the play, Barbre looked for people she knew could do justice to the intense emotions each character feels, from Deirdre’s pain, to Erik’s anger and the daughters’ resentment and entitlement.
“It’s a lot of modern-day problems that families have,” Barbre said adding that so many people tried out that she could have cast this play three different ways. She focused on casting people she had worked with before and who looked the part of a family.
“We had some new people try out, and hopefully they will come back and try out in the future,” she said.
“The Humans” has no intermission, so Barbre recommends visiting the restroom prior to sitting down for the 90-minute play. The play is not recommended for children 12 and younger.
Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available online at Tickets are $14 for the general public and $10 for seniors.

By Sebastian Moraga,