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A Soldier's Play (Broadway)

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

About the show

The Pulitzer Prize-winning mystery about the murder of a black sergeant on a Louisiana army base in 1944 comes to Broadway for the first time, starring David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood. More…

From the show:

1944. A black Sergeant is murdered on a Louisiana Army base, and one tenacious investigator must race against his white leadership to unravel the crime before they unravel him.

A hair-raising drama that reverberates with the “authentic and exciting pulse” (Ben Brantley, The New York Times) of mystery, Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece rockets onto Broadway for the first time, starring three-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier and Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood and directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun).

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Member Reviews (302)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing
85
Avg Score

78
Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Great production, acting and story. Absorbing. Great approach to race issues within a mystery plot.

Don't see it if You prefer comedies and musicals.

81
Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Solid revival of a well-written military investigation. Like the pre-cursor to A Few Good Men. Enjoyed it.Went by quickly.

Don't see it if Serious dramas are not your thing.

82
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Leon's staging of this drama of endemic racism in the 1940's military is still sadly pertinent Grier shines brightest in riveting ensemble

Don't see it if Despite being a taut, well written & highly dramatic piece, it has a 'TV courtroom procedural' feel to it Leon's movement choreo a bit stagy

72
Some fine performances, Dated, Middling, Atmospheric

See it if the idea of an atmospheric look at the barracks life of a black unit in the WWII-era Armed Forces appeals to you.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a play that confronts the blatant institutionalized racism of the WWII-era US Armed Forces.

Also In 2020 “A SOLDIER'S PLAY” feels a little like a play that lost its ne... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Its 1944 during WWII at army camp a murder take place - Who done It? See a classic story that will have you think?

Don't see it if you want a happy go lucky show.

Also David Grier was excellent. The service man was terrific.

51
Slow, Confusing

See it if You like shows that tell, instead of show. You like listening to narration of what happened.

Don't see it if You can't keep all the characters names straight when they are narrated at a rapid fire pace. Very confusing & hard to follow.

85
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like taut dramas with excellent actors.Story of prejudice in the military in WWII is powerful & touching.Excellent production.

Don't see it if you have trouble keep track of characters.Names don't always track.I wish they used nicknames or some more identifying name.

90
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A spectacular cast performs this gripping tale of murder in the Army in 1944. Grier and Underwood are top notch. The story is gripping.

Don't see it if If an old-fashioned murder mystery doesn't interest you. If you are uninterested in the issues of race in the military.

89
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Enjoy a well scripted well cast drama about race, the south and the military.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy intense drama with some twists and turns to it

85
Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if 1944 murder of a black officer on a Louisiana Army base & its investigation; the black men in the barracks recount their sides in flashbacks

Don't see it if don't want issues of racism (towards the black investigating officer & in the privates' flashbacks); occasionally confusing as to characters

Also Pleasantly surprised by Grier in a nonlikable role. I think he did a g... Read more Read less

90
Timelessly and vitally thought-provoking, Intelligent acting, Dark and psychological, Suspenseful, Poignant

See it if you’ve been waiting for Charles Fuller’s play to make its Broadway debut; invested in racial tensions among close-knit groups of men.

Don't see it if un-invested in male-focused plays, racial tensions, and court-case-like dramas that require you to pay rapt attention to many quiet moments.

Also Part suspense thriller, part timeless reflection upon racial relations... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Great writing, Great pacing, Absorbing

See it if Wonderful cast. Great script! Riveting. I love mystery investigation dramas! Don't miss. Fabulous pacing.

Don't see it if you only like musicals.

78
Exquisite

See it if In a murder mystery, explores the internalized / institutionalized racism and classism. Nuance might get lost on "color-blind" folks tho.

Don't see it if Gun/shots or man being shot are triggering. Military men isn't your thing. Internalized racism 101, but some audience might not understand.

Also Diversity: almost all of the male cast are Black men. Diverse range of... Read more Read less

85
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A beautifully acted and well told story about Black soldiers in Louisiana. Part murder mystery, part historical dialogue.

Don't see it if You aren’t interesting in racial issues and serious events.

Also The three leads, as well as the men playing the soldiers, were consist... Read more Read less

87
Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Military based murder mystery amidst racial attitudes in wartime 1940's.Great performances by all.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in a wartime murder mystery.

73
Ambitious, Great acting, Dated

See it if you want to see a fairly interesting take on the complexities of black racial identity with some phenomenal performances

Don't see it if you want a murder mystery with a satisfying payoff; you are a white person unwilling to accept that this play wasn't written for you

Also In some ways, I recognize that I should not be judging this show, whic... Read more Read less

88
Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant

See it if Black hating black is worse part of institutionalized racism. Strong performances.

Don't see it if Looking for levity, not here

64
Overly melodramatic, Well paced, Dated, Inconsistent acting, Cliched

See it if You are okay seeing mildly interesting play, with some good acting, despite the play’s dated nature.

Don't see it if You prefer subtle and layered writing, which you will not find here.

80
Didactic, Engaging

See it if the premise intrigues you.

Don't see it if you want to see a new and topical play.

Also Underwood carries the show quite competently, but Grier is spectacular... Read more Read less

78
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Dated

See it if you like intelligent, well-acted plays that explore trenchant issues in an intelligent and complex way

Don't see it if you want something that has real dramatic drive and is going to go to unexpected places

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see why this play won a Pulitzer. 40 years later it is still a riveting evening. Well acted great set

Don't see it if Racial issues trigger you. you want a light evening in the theater, This is NOT a comedy

85
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a serious and unusual play on a WWII army base. Wonderful African American actors, imaginatively staged, unexpected ending

Don't see it if you don't like plays that deal with race or you only want light entertainment.

Also David Alan Grier especially outstanding!

63
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you did not see the excellent movie with a far superior cast. This is politically and socially relevant but the casting misses the mark

Don't see it if you have seen better. The story is important but it needs a tighter cast and a more smoldering anger kept under the radar to be accurate

82
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a powerful historical play with a racist theme with amazing acting.

Don't see it if You don't historical plays or plays about racial prejudice.

79
Strong revival of a now dated play

See it if Well cast and directed production of Charles Fuller's World War II play which still packs an honest gut punch on racism in the military.

Don't see it if The play is powerful with a variety of believable characters, but too often relies on narration when dialogue would be more effective.


January 21st, 2020
"In ‘A Soldier’s Play,’ an Endless War Against Black Men: The Broadway premiere of Charles Fuller’s 1981 drama finds premonitions of today in the story of a 1944 murder."
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January 21st, 2020
4/5 Stars. "As directed by Kenny Leon in its first Broadway production, however, the play is sturdy instead of creaky: Like the bare wood of Derek McLane’s set, it gets the job done, and it provides a platform for powerful moments and performances. "
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January 21st, 2020
"'A Soldier’s Play' Is a Procedural With Bite"
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January 21st, 2020
"David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood head the cast in director Kenny Leon's Broadway premiere of Charles Fuller's Pulitzer-winning 1981 race drama set on a Louisiana Army base during World War II."
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