Straight White Men
Dive into Young Jean Lee’s deeply intriguing world of Straight White Men and enjoy the fundamentally unique and powerful representation of the heartbreaking social and psychological troubles of a family of white men. This is an exploration of the existential troubles that everyone faces regardless of their privileges.
Why Watch Straight White Men
Regarded as one of the ‘most adventurous’ playwrights to showcase her plays on the big stage by the New York Times, Young Jean Lee is known for her bizzare scripts and unconventional style of writing. She was also the first Asian American women to get her play produced at Broadway. Lee lives up to her reputation with her direction of Straight White Men. The play questions many established social norms and ideologies. At first, it might simply seem like an exploration of the problems faced by educated, straight white men in first world countries, but it becomes apparent as the show goes on that Lee is attempting to touch upon something far more universal. What does it mean to be happy when you have privilege and power? Does social status have anything to do with some of the deepest fears, sorrows, and anxieties that haunt everybody in the world? If you are looking for something offbeat, but remarkably gorgeous, Straight White Men is well worth a watch.
The first scene opens in a midwestern home on Christmas Eve after a rather loud and confusing pre-curtain blast of rap music and two strangely dressed interlocutors played by Kate Bronstein and Ty Defoe. Ed is the widowed father of his three grown sons. The family seems happy and content at first, and the brothers perform their childhood rituals of smacking each other playfully and fighting over who should do domestic chores. However, each of the brothers is burdened with their own real-world problems, which are hidden in the first few scenes. The issues that the family faces slowly become apparent as the play goes on. Drew, one of the brothers, is a teacher and published author, but it becomes clear that his new novel is not releasing anytime soon. Jake might be a successful banker, but his divorce has left him emotionally scarred. Matt, the Harvard graduate, is perhaps the saddest of all with his low performance job in a non-profit charity. The family is shocked when Matt breaks down in tears. The story unwraps the discontented lives of each of its characters in layers, making it a thoroughly engrossing show to witness.
Fans of the Original Production | Lovers of Unconventional Drama
“The show reveals a compassion for its characters that makes it all the more affecting.”
– The Hollywood Reporter
“Armie Hammer skewers male privilege in dark comedy.”
– The Guardian
Know Before You Go
The show is suitable for ages 13+ with adult supervision, children under 4 will not be admitted.
Hayes Theatre has a seating capacity of 597.
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.
Your e-tickets can be exchanged for physical tickets with our uniformed Headout hosts outside the theater.