A Florida police station in the middle of the night. Two parents searching for answers. Kerry Washington (“Scandal”) returns to the Broadway stage alongside Steven Pasquale ("Junk") in this unflinching new drama.
Marking the Broadway debut of playwright Christopher Demos-Brown and directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon ("A Raisin in the Sun," "Fences"), "American Son" offers a look at who we are as a nation, and how we deal with family relationships, love, loss, and identity.
See it if It's highly topical, well intentioned & certainly heartfelt but it's wildly overwritten & overwrought despite solid performances from cast
Don't see it if Demos-Brown button-pushes his drama to exhaustion leaving little room for complexity or nuance Anger may be justified but its on steroids
See it if You want to see an unbiased take on how police officers handle situations involving people of color
Don't see it if you are looking for a lot of action. The entire play takes place in the waiting room of a police station
See it if A play dealing with topical racial and law enforcement issues. Kerry Washington gives a raw,gut wrenching performance.
Don't see it if This type of play is not of interest to you. The plot is contrived and the ending is predictable.
See it if you can overlook overwrought acting and a simplistic script to connect with a tragic and timely story that is all too relevant today.
Don't see it if you want your characters more nuanced and approachable. Everything is on such a level of intensity that it loses empathy and internalization
See it if you’re a Shondaland diehard who just has to say you saw Washington live onstage.
Don't see it if you get antsy easily. This is a 90 min play that feels like 3 hours.
See it if you like realism; plays about racial violence/police brutality that are also family dramas; and abrupt endings that don't sugarcoat
Don't see it if you question the dramatic value of plays that are one long, realistic scene; you don't like being emotionally manipulated by "shock" endings
See it if you want to see an intense drama about a highly relevant topic in our country. you want to see material that is thought provoking
Don't see it if characters are pretty one-note, and the writing is kind of predictable. the story itself is interesting, but the storytelling could use more
See it if Ripped from the headlines drama about the confluence of race, class & policing interests you. The mundane becomes tragic with one slip.
Don't see it if Predictable results & volatile reactions occur because the script says so. The acting feels creaky. The play creates heat, but no light.
See it if You are interested in a play about a couple dealing with racially charged incidents with their teenage son.
Don't see it if You want a play were dialogue and plot reveals are realistic. Everything feels false and pushing towards an "Ohhhh" ending.
See it if you want to see a play that believes it's making a grand statement when in fact, it's mostly on the nose dialogue.
Don't see it if you want to see a fresh or new take on the subject matter.
See it if you love Kerry Washington.
Don't see it if you're looking for meaningful commentary on a real issue in this world. This show is trying to make an important point, but doesn't suceed.
See it if You need to hear one more time that black youth are at risk in this country.
Don't see it if You know this and don't want to sit with an audience who is still surprised by this sort of thing.
See it if Kerry Washington is on your list. [I saw a preview when she repeatedly went up on her lines, so don't take it from me.]
Don't see it if a predictable rehash of the headlines isn't for you. And you can't let your heart be broken again over these black lives not mattering.
See it if You appreciate racially charged characters, dichotomies between social and/or racial classes, or want to start a discussion about the show
Don't see it if You don’t like a show that’s intense, depressing, or that involves a lot of racial tension
See it if Shows you how the time have change to a degree with how cops treat people
Don't see it if if you can't deal with how the cops treated anyone they thought was a bad person
See it if Totally unaware of the ways police unfairly treat black men.
Don't see it if Can't stand over acting. Uncomplicated introductory to police brutality toward black men.
See it if To catch a show with its heart in the right place about the fear black parents have for their children and the realities of race in America
Don't see it if You want to see a satisfyingly complete drama. It’s predictable and slow, and it’s characters make points more efficiently than tell stories
See it if you have been living under a rock and will be SURPRISED that the police treat black and white people differently. No new ground here.
Don't see it if you prefer to learn something new. Save your money and see something Off or Off-Off Broadway or go see The Hate U Give (movie).
See it if As much as I wanted to like it, I just could not find a reason. American Son was just a American snooze for me.
Don't see it if You have something else to do like ironing or cleaning your stove as these might better serve a purpose with upcoming holidays.