Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

American Son (Broadway)

From 385 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense

About the show

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.

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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. 

1h 30m | Already closed | Booth Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (385)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

During previews
89
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if You enjoy timely relevant topical plays that present a slice of realism. You'll leave the theatre stunned and wanting to discuss it a lot!

Don't see it if You don't like plays that are controversial and only see pure entertainment.

During previews
100
Absorbing, Edgy, Ambitious, Provocative, Moving

See it if You care about injustice, inequality and indifference in our society, including confronting the biased thoughts of your own garden variety.

Don't see it if You are looking for a theater experience of light, levity and laughter.

During previews
100
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Riveting, Must see

See it if You enjoy well written and well acted plays with substance.

Don't see it if There’s no reason anyone who has the means to do so shouldn’t see this play.

During previews
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Riveting, Relevant

See it if You enjoy a play that's timely, has shining moments, and that has a very good cast.

Don't see it if You want a perfect play. There are some confusing and disjointed moments, but not enough to overshadow the value of seeing the play.

Also Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale are excellent. With some editing,... Read more Read less

During previews
91
Absorbing, Very relevant in today’s america

See it if The play is exquisitely written, presenting the ugliness of racism by beautifully presenting both sides of argument with shades of gray.

Don't see it if U don’t like intense drama‼️

During previews
100
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if See this timely play if you want to be totally immersed in the plot . Great theater.

Don't see it if Can’t think of a single reason not to see it.

During previews
100
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Riveting, Must see

See it if Funnier than I expected combined with great contemporary drama. Fabulous cast. Really great set.

Don't see it if Great relevant story telling.

During previews
100
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if Timely excellently acted Kerry Washington gives a stellar performance. The cast gives a true and realistic view a today's biracial family's

Don't see it if No run don't walk to see this play. It a play for today's age and today's family.

During previews
100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You'd like to be experiencing 90 minutes of incredibly compelling, beautifully heartbreaking storytelling. Fantastic writing/acting/staging

Don't see it if You're not one for chillingly relevant and impactful artistry and discussions that will sit with you for days to come

Also I already have tickets to go a second time and am considering going a ... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Fabulous acting...profound and excellent portrayal of today's events

Don't see it if you are a racist


November 4th, 2018
"This is the director Kenny Leon’s best work to date: incisive and breakneck...These are big but nuanced performances...'American Son' is not a subtle play; it barely feels like a play at all. With its unrelentingly high tension on every level — maternal, marital, societal — it’s more like a slic...
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November 4th, 2018
"The rhetoric is heavy-handed, the grief and fear are unremitting, the brushstrokes are asphalt-thick, and there’s no subtlety...The play doesn’t need to establish suspense because we all know what’s happened...'American Son' is meant to make us sit with this grim certainty, and it strategically ...
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November 4th, 2018
"A dreadful play...Stale, expedient storytelling and go-for-the-jugular sentimentality...A contrived, TV-ish script peopled by one-note characters and peppered with amateurish flourishes...Its director, Kenny Leon, can’t push the material past its inherent paperback flatness...There’s nothing rem...
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November 12th, 2018
"“It’s hard—and, given the volume of choices, maybe ultimately impossible—to isolate the worst aspect of ‘American Son’…There’s the stilted, bulky dialogue, through which the characters deliver loads of exposition...Nobody says anything interesting, or funny, or surprising. The acting is even les...
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