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Straight White Men

First Preview: Jun 29, 2018

Opening Date: Jun 29, 2018

Closing Date: Sep 09, 2018

Running Time: 01:30

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Playing @

Helen Hayes Theater

240 W 44th St New York, NY 10036

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It’s Christmas Eve, and Ed has gathered his three adult sons to celebrate with matching pajamas, trash-talking, and Chinese takeout. But when a question they can’t answer interrupts their holiday cheer, they are forced to confront their own identities. Obie Award-winning playwright Young Jean Lee takes a hilariously ruthless look at the classic American father-son drama.

This is one white Christmas like you’ve never seen before. Featuring Kate Bornstein, Josh Charles, Ty DeFoe, Armie Hammer, Stephen Payne, Paul Schneider

The New York Times has named Obie Award winner Young Jean Lee (Church and We're Gonna Die both at The Public) "the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation." 
Age Guidance

Age Guidance: 16

Show Notes

Show Notes: No Intermission

Audience Advisory:

Adult language & themes. Note that there is loud pre-show music, and haze and moving lights will be used during the performance.

Performance Schedule:


TDF Tickets Offers:

TDF member tickets:

Not available for this show

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Full-price tickets

$22 - $149



Quotation Mark

Straight White Men - a smart, funny and affecting play that reaffirms Lee’s status as one of the most important playwrights working today, questions traditional notions of what a successful life might mean ...

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[Young Jean] Lee is the first female Asian-American playwright on Broadway, and Straight White Men is no simple, dramatized condemnation of them or easy shooting of cultural fish in barrels. Indeed, it is surprisingly affectionate about the SWM, even if the play is ultimately an examination of the privilege the liberal—and ostensibly culturally sensitive—characters on stage shrug off or not even consider, until they are forced to question what giving that privilege up means. And so you wait for evidence of “Straight White Men.” You wait for the homophobia, misogyny, and racism of the men, or a commentary on such things, but it doesn’t come.

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It's all immeasurably enhanced by Second Stage's first class production helmed by Anna D. Shapiro. Stephen Payne is most impressive as a last-minute replacement. Josh Charles, Armie Hammer, and Paul Schneider, all making their Broadway debuts, are excellent as well.

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Box Office

Outer lobby, ground level. ADA access via the Stage Door.


Valet parking garages: 1st garage: South side of 44th St. between 6th & 7th Aves. Vertical clearance: 105". 2nd garage: East of Shubert Alley, on north side of 44th St. between Broadway & 8th Ave. No vans.

Curb Ramps

(2.5" lip) NW corner of 44th & Broadway; (2.5" lip) SE corner of 44th St. & Broadway; SW corner of 44th St. & Broadway.

Directions Bus



Accessible/unisex bathrooms/stalls in the lower lobby and at the mezzanine level

Directions Subway

1,2,3,7,S,A,C,E,N,R,Q,W to 42nd St./Times square


Orchestra on ground level. Seats 589.


Full-service/accessible elevator


None on premises


ADA-accessible building entrance at Stage Door. Handicap ramps in the lower lobby,

Water Fountain

Lower Level directly across from the elevator

Assisted Listening System

LOOP system in the auditorium, headsets available. Driver’s license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Not available in the first 3 rows of the Orchestra.

Wheelchair Info

Accessible seating in both Orchestra & Mezzanine

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