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

85%
(306 Reviews)
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95%
Mixed
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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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Member Reviews (306)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
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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.

539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
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.

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
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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

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
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. Read more

612 Reviews | 125 Followers
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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

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
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.

471 Reviews | 74 Followers
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.

399 Reviews | 202 Followers
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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