REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Children of a Lesser God” Opened with a ShowScore of 77

Show-Score | Apr 12, 2018
“Children of a Lesser God,” written by Mark Medoff and directed by Kenny Leon, opened on April 11, 2018 in New York City. “Children of a Lesser God,” written by Mark Medoff and directed by Kenny Leon, opened on April 11, 2018 in New York City.


23 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 62.

Jesse Green
The New York Times
ShowScore: 70 
"A knockout professional debut performance by Ridloff...A lovely performance by Jackson...Leon’s direction seems random...The play falters badly in its second act...Eventually you realize that Mr. Medoff simply did not have the wherewithal to dramatize the fundamental conflict any further because James is his hero but Sarah is right. The play, written when it was, can’t quite support that — not because of its deaf politics, but because of its sexual politics."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 65
"Exciting performances infuse Medoff's musty script with new vitality...Between excellent acting and mediocre design, the former wins out, but just barely. I'm still not convinced that ‘Children of a Lesser God’ is durable enough to remain in the theatrical repertory: Medoff's language is too clunky and his drama too contrived. Still, that shouldn't prevent us from connecting with these very human performances for a fleeting moment."
Marilyn Stasio
ShowScore: 60
"Ridloff is a stunning performer...Conflict between the speaking world and the silent world was portrayed more forcefully in the original production...Lacking that solid thematic foundation, Medoff's play deflates into just another romantic drama about mismatched lovers...The writer doesn’t seem to have any special aptitude for the language of love, and his efforts to lighten it up are embarrassing...Jackson doesn’t give off much heat for a lover with a burning heart."

“Children of a Lesser God” was also reviewed by Breanne L. Heldman of Entertainment Weekly, Elizabeth Bradley of Broadway News, Jesse Oxfeld of New York Stage Review, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Christian Lewis of Medium, Roma Torre of NY1, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Jonathan Mandell of New York Theater, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, Boris Kachka of New York Magazine / Vulture, Greg Evans of Deadline, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Deb Miller of DC Metro Theater Arts, Simon Saltzman of CurtainUp, Matt Windman of AM New York, and David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter.


The show was also reviewed by 256 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 79.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent

Melissa U 7216, ShowScore: 86  
See it if…"You want to see the world from a non hearing person perspective. All the actors were great. Story was enchanting and empowering."
Don't see it if… "You don’t like captions or reading script. This play is a can’t miss."
Emily_Beth, ShowScore: 85 
See it if…"You enjoy thought-provoking theatre presented in a fresh, new way. Also, you like deaf actors telling their own story their own way."
Don't see it if… "You have rigid views on 'problematic' scripts. This script has problems of able-ism and misogyny, but deals with it well. Can be a bit slow."
Christopher 8038, ShowScore: 74 
See it if…"You like unconventional love stories told in a (mostly) conventional way."
Don't see it if…"If you can’t appreciate how groundbreaking the show was when it came out in 1979 even if it feels a bit stale now. Music is also overused."

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