“The Humans,” Stephen Karam’s blistering and tender tragicomic thriller about a family Thanksgiving, has won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best play of the 2015-16 season. The play is a finalist for this year’s Pulitzer Prize and just received six Tony nominations.
“Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed,” about a historic black show, was named best musical. It got 10 Tony nominations. “Hamilton” was not eligible because it won last year during its off-Broadway run.
The critics group voted not to award a best foreign play, an option when an American play gets the top prize.
Special citations were given to Belgian director Ivo van Hove and designer Jan Versweyveld for their collaboration. The team was responsible this season for “The Crucible,” “A View From the Bridge” and David Bowie’s “Lazarus.” Citations were also given to Oscar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater, for his outstanding leadership and to actress Lois Smith for career achievement.
The Critics Circle is comprised of critics from newspapers, magazines, wire services and websites in the tri-state area. Awards will be presented May 17 at a private ceremony.