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A Soldier's Play (Broadway)

From 139 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Relevant

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).


Member Reviews (139)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Relevant
84
Avg Score

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

90
Intelligent, Great writing, Resonant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see 40 year old Pulitzer winner that continues to be relevant and insightful, if a bit like a history lesson. Great production!

Don't see it if expect to be challenged by the insights into the history of inter- & intra-racism. A well-made "whodonit"- more entertaining than provoking

94
Entertaining, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great acting

See it if If you are a fan of top notch acting and engrossing storytelling

Don't see it if Are bothered by the N word

90
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like an intense traditional drama. Kind of like Mockingbird or other court room plays. You want to see great acting and direction.

Don't see it if You prefer a monologue, want to nap, are a racist.

95
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great drama about racism in the Army during World War 2.

Don't see it if you’re looking for an evening of light, breezy musical entertainment

63
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if .

Don't see it if .

90
Relevant, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if This Pulitzer-prize winning classic is finally on a Broadway stage! The fresh direction by Kenny Leon & cast make it well worth the wait!

Don't see it if You're offended by hearing and seeing real, raw, relevant issues in American & African American history being played right before your eyes.

During previews
85
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Great script, Riveting

See it if you'd like to see Bdway debut of 1982 Pultizer Pr winner. Gr staging w music/choreog. Solid ensemble;Blair U shines. Impt explor'n of racism

Don't see it if you want light entertainment. Mostly serious drama. Some sound sys issues (words lost). Structure slightly clunky (story told in flashbacks)

Also A Soldier's Play was a terrific night of serious theater. Very impress... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if Solid and very well done production with great performances. Story is a bit of a whodunnit which captures your attention nicely.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in stories regarding race or seeing a show with an all male cast.

During previews
87
A slow steady build up, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if You want to see a stellar cast perform a Pulitzer Prize winning play. One that grabs you from the start and just keeps building to the end.

Don't see it if You want a lot of flashy stage craft or fast paced action. This is all about the story and it’s very well told.

Also A great ensemble of actors but the real star here is the writing!!!

During previews
79
Resonant, Profound, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you want to see a ww2 piece about race . A military play, well acted and well written.

Don't see it if If you do not like military plays or plays about race.

During previews
79
Great acting*, Dated, Great writing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if u want to witness expert acting in a gripping military procedural that explores race, resentment & self-hatred in a WW2 segregated army camp

Don't see it if you want to avoid Kenny Leon's heavy-handed directing that occasionally confounds & distracts from the inherent power of Fuller's text.

Also *Great acting with one notable exception: Jerry O'Connell is just awfu... Read more Read less

During previews
83
Cliched, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if landmark theater piece, underwood earnest, grier frightening, o'connell revealing, learn about African-Americans in military, impact of rank

Don't see it if not interested in military stories, murder mysteries, treatment of blacks in military, men in barracks, once revealing but now familiar plot

During previews
88
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you would like a great representation of segregation in the military in 1943 while immersed in the mystery of a murdered sergeant.

Don't see it if you do not like mysteries or do not care to understand racism of the past and how it continues to infect society today.

During previews
77
Procedural about murder of black sergeant on louisiana army base in 1944 centered on race; competent but dated

See it if shows dehumanizing racism vs black WWII soldiers; thru their work songs/choreo links racism 2 slavery; strong cast individuates each soldier

Don't see it if stodgy compared 2 today's imaginative race-based plays; flow of scenes formulaic; stereotypes abound but see below

Also Many of the characters in the play are stereotypes including the racia... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Sweeping racism impedes crime solving and social justice on a military base. Ensemble with surprising dramatic turn by Grier. Nice pacing.

Don't see it if Depictions of intrinsic self-loathing ina community,runs risk of granting permission to other cultures to confirm that perceived invitation

Also Flashbacks: "A Soldier's Story" = "A Soldier's Play"

During previews
80
Classic, Slow, Intense, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You’d love a military murder mystery — along the lines of A Few Good Men — especially one that prominently features people of color.

Don't see it if You dislike plays about the military or courtroom-style dramas. This is unlikely to change your mind.

During previews
81
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Nice set and lighting, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Incredible acting. Well staged.

Don't see it if Very wordy play. Can get a bit boring.

During previews
91
Powerful story, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a well acted and powerful drama about race and the military during WWII. There is a mystery involved but it also involves race.

Don't see it if you do not like stories involving the military or talk about race. Do not see if you are disturbed by racial slurs.

Also I was involved with this play from the very beginning. Gripping story ... Read more Read less

During previews
94
Riveting, Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if I can’t praise this play highly enough ! It is gripping from the first moment to the last. It’s a who dunnit and a why dunnit both ! See it

Don't see it if You have no interest in a drama that is set in the early years of WWIIor stories based on racial tension, otherwise see this !

Also This play could hand David Alan Grier a Tony for best actor ! It shoul... Read more Read less

During previews
71
Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like a murder mystery type play

Don't see it if You are expecting something new and fresh. This was good but a bit dated

Also Like most Broadway plays the acting, staging and set were all amazing.... Read more Read less

During previews
88
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want to see a topnotch production of a riveting drama about the corrosiveness of racism as exemplified in the segregated army of WWII.

Don't see it if you don't like military drama or if you are squeamish about hearing racial epithets.

Also While the performances by David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood deserve... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Terrific story. good acting. good show.

See it if You want to see as very good players.

Don't see it if You don't like plays dealing with race.

During previews
79
Offers actors employment, Slumber inducing, Offers no surprises, Dated, Solid production

See it if you've never seen Soldier's Play, want history lesson on discrimination in US armed services, or 2 C actors flexing their acting muscles

Don't see it if you've seen military plays before, don't care about the issues illuminated, prefer a happy show that shows everyone getting along

During previews
84
Gripping revival of black soldiers in the south in 1944

See it if Beautifully staged and acted drama of World War II segregated Army at LA base. As much about the bigotry of white officers and men....

Don't see it if ...as it is about the internalized racism of the black soldiers. Fine perfs by Underwood and Grier. Ensemble cast is terrific.


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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