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'The Humans' Wins Best Play At Tony Awards — And Chicago Saw It First

"The Humans" playwright Stephen Karam gave a shout out to American Theater Co. during Sunday's Tony Awards.
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NORTH CENTER — "Hamilton" nabbed most of the buzz, and the statuettes, at Sunday's Tony Awards, but it was Best Play winner "The Humans" that earned the biggest cheers from Chicago's theater community.

We saw the show first.

In an unusual arrangement with New York's Roundabout Theatre, which commissioned "The Humans," North Center's American Theater Company mounted the play's world premiere in 2014 under the direction of PJ Paparelli.

"The Humans" during its world premiere run at American Theater Co. [American Theater Company]

Stephen Karam, "The Humans" playwright, thanked ATC and Paparelli during his acceptance speech Sunday.

"'The Humans' is a family play and I want to give a shout out to ... PJ and my Chicago ATC family," Karam said.

Karam and Paparelli were longtime collaborators, with ATC producing four of Karam's plays.

Paparelli, ATC's artistic director, died in 2015 from injuries suffered in a car accident. The theater is currently wrapping up a "legacy" season in tribute to Paparelli, closing with a spoof of his all-time favorite movie, "Xanadu!," which runs through mid-July.





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