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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  14 reviews
A mismatched but well-meaning foursome sets out to devise a politically correct school play that can somehow sensitively celebrate both Thanksgiving and Native American Month. How can this wildly diverse quartetseparated by cultural chasms and vastly different perspectives on historynavigate a complicated, hilarious thicket of privilege, representation, and of course ...more
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Phenomenal commentary.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Ten million stars. Ten.million.stars. This play has one of the best lines ever. Here it is:
(Referring to a mason jar intended to be used as a water bottle) Its made with recycled glass from broken windows in housing projects.

This play perfectly (shall we say acutely? Lol) exemplifies woke culture. It had me crying with laughter at every turn. I absolutely cannot wait to see a production of this finely crafted brilliant work of art.
Laura Smith
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read of MUT Season Selection Committee. Everyone and their mom wants to put on this play right now and I totally understand. This four-person show is full of theatre inside jokes and a fun comedy that is basically "fake woke white people, the play". As the chair of my department said: "It's a comedy, thank the lord."
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A wickedly funny satire about four white adults trying to develop an inclusive Thanksgiving play for children. A skewering of PC culture taken to the extreme. I saw the play with friends and we all loved it, and since we've been taking about it ever since, I decided to buy the play. It was good read too. I loved the earnestness and good intentions of all of the characters and the interpolation of real (terrible) Thanksgiving play ideas taken from the internet.

I think in writing a play about the
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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!!This is exciting theatre!!

Larissa FastHorse has written a outrageously funny play that is part play/rehearsal gone wrong, part comedy of manners, all with a very contemporary perspective.

Four white characters gather to make an educational play for Native American Heritage Month. Two of them are deeply recognizable to us as that special kind of well-intentioned white people who are painfully conscious of performing white allyship with respect to race and gender (often at the expense of their
Melanie Page
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A painfully woke theatre teacher enlists her boyfriend, a history teacher, and a professional actress to co-create a Thanksgiving play to put on at an elementary school. But trying to maintain political correctness while writing a play without Native Americans to add their voices to the script proves challenging. The teacher hires a Native American actor to co-create a play about Thanksgiving to put on at the school. The actor is paid with money from a grant for creative work that celebrates ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very amusing play concerning three very PC adults (and one rather dim bulb) attempting to create an ethnically sensitive play concerning the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. I think this would be a delight to see staged, and I hope to hear more of Fasthorse!
Cynthia K
I read this book for task #6 of the 2020 BookRiot Read Harder Challenge: Read a play by an author of color and/or queer author
Leigh Ann
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect play is perfect.
James Beggarly
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a sharp satire about a group of people who are so politically correct that they find that they cant do anything at all. ...more
Kristen Lo
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: plays
Funny in parts, made me cringe and uncomfortable and upset at times-- but I think that's the point.
Tom Elliott
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great send up of the contortions into which self-styled woke white theater artists bend themselves when telling the truth about myth vs. history. ...more
Larissa FastHorses The Thanksgiving Play is as broad and obvious as its title. In it, four white peoplea high-minded and high-strung drama teacher, an irritating yoga bro who prides himself on being woke, a sexy but dim actress, and a nerdy history teacher whos mostly there to provide expositiontry to devise a play to teach schoolchildren about the first Thanksgiving. But how can they honor Native Americans central role in the story without any Natives in the room? So they bicker and argue and ...more
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