A Soldier's Play (Broadway)
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A Soldier's Play (Broadway)
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A Soldier's Play (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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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.

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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.

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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

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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.

Critic Reviews (28)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 21st, 2020

"'A Soldier’s Play' Is a Procedural With Bite"
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The Hollywood Reporter
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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Variety
January 22nd, 2020

"Director Kenny Leon stages a crackerjack revival of this 1981 play that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama."
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The Wall Street Journal
January 23rd, 2020

"Race Relations and Wartime Woes: In this Broadway revival, the 1944 murder of a black sergeant has an investigator wondering if he was killed by the Klan or one of his own men."
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Deadline
January 21st, 2020

"‘A Soldier’s Play’ Broadway Review: Stars David Alan Grier & Blair Underwood Earn Stripes In Charles Fuller’s Potent 1981 Masterpiece"
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The Washington Post
January 24th, 2020

"Tried and true formulas work in ‘A Soldier’s Play’ and ‘Grand Horizons’"
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New York Daily News
January 21st, 2020

"‘A Soldier’s Play’ is as powerful as ever after nearly 40 years"
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New York Daily News
January 21st, 2020

"‘A Soldier’s Play’ finally lands on Broadway, ‘crackles with relevancy’ as it takes on racism"
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AM New York
January 21st, 2020

"‘A Soldier’s Play’ revival offers high-powered drama and lessons."
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NY1
January 21st, 2020

"It all comes together quite powerfully, evoking the emotional wounds borne by a lifetime of soul-crushing hate. After some 40 years, 'A Soldier’s Play' still hits home, summoning a world at war with itself. "
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Theatermania
January 21st, 2020

"A Fantastic 'Soldier's Play' on Broadway Is About More Than Just Blair Underwood's Pecs: Underwood stars alongside David Alan Grier and Jerry O'Connell in a landmark Pulitzer winner making its Broadway debut."
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BroadwayWorld
January 21st, 2020

"David Alan Grier, Blair Underwood Lead Excellent Cast of Kenny Leon's Revival of Charles Fuller's 'A SOLDIER'S PLAY': Roundabout mounts the Pulitzer-winner's first Broadway production"
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Lighting & Sound America
January 30th, 2020

"Nearly forty years after its premiere, the drama's insights -- about the awful, complex calculations of hate -- remain dismayingly convincing."
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Talkin' Broadway
January 21st, 2020

"A rock solid cast and a spit-shine production!"
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New York Stage Review
January 21st, 2020

4/5 Stars. "'A Soldier's Play' registers as high as it did 39 years ago when it first shattered the air."
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New York Stage Review
January 21st, 2020

3/5 Stars. "Charles Fuller's 1981 Pulitzer winner gets a gorgeous revival staged by Kenny Leon"
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Theater News Online
January 21st, 2020

"Fuller's murder mystery makes a belated but momentous Broadway debut thanks to an appealing cast and Kenny Leon's firm directing hand."
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Theater News Online
January 21st, 2020

"GOOD MEDICINE: The play’s Broadway debut couldn’t be fresher, timelier or more satisfying."
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Broadway News
January 21st, 2020

"‘A Soldier’s Play’ is a captivating whodunit"
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TheaterScene.net
February 5th, 2020

"Leon's direction brings out more emotional depth from the actors portraying the lower echelon soldiers than the three stars, as if they were in a different play than the leads. … A Soldier's Play, while still a well-written drama, doesn't register as strongly as it did back in 1981."
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Theater Pizzazz
January 30th, 2020

"Cavils aside, there's enough dramatic interest, socio-historical dynamite, and charismatic energy in this revival of 'A Soldier's Play' to keep you at attention throughout its hour and 50 minutes."
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CurtainUp
January 21st, 2020

"The play's character-driven plot that keeps us in its thrall from start to finish."
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Front Row Center
February 11th, 2020

Score: 92% "A riveting, powerful tragedy where right and wrong collide and truth prevails just in time. An engaging marvelous dramatization of Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama."
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New York Theater
January 24th, 2020

"Charles Fuller's murder mystery, finally on Broadway in a fine production… is so good that even if you've seen the 1984 movie…and remember who done it, the play is still riveting. That's because…the playwright is investigating a much larger crime - racism."
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Broadway Blog
February 2nd, 2020

"A stellar revival helmed by director Kenny Leon, 'A Soldier's Play' reminds audiences of the insidious power of racism and its ability to permeate communities from within."
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C
January 21st, 2020

"Somewhat shockingly, it's taken 38 years for this first-class work to finally make it to the Great White Way - specifically, the Roundabout's American Airlines Theater. Fortunately, Kenny Leon's riveting, must-see production proves to be more than worth the wait."
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