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 you want intense, ripped-from-headlines drama re young black men in police custody. Superb acting by all and terrific, understated staging.
Don't see it if Similar in style - and some themes - to SWEAT and LOBBY HERO. Not as good as former, better than latter. A bit 'TV movie' in feel/style.
See it if you like your plays intense and tension-filled. This show will hold your interest throughout
Don't see it if you don't like theater that tackles issues like race and gender inequality or looking for something light-hearted
See it if Whether a show is predictable or not if the conversation is resonant and about race it is still worth seeing.
Don't see it if I think you should see this-- having a dialogue about conflict makes us all think and change, and there is value in that.
See it if Having the mothers of Sean Bell and Eric Garner made the whole experience so powerful.Important story that needs to be told outside theater.
Don't see it if Borders on obvious, but such is life. Steven Pasquale has been absent from performances.
See it if interested in issues of race, power, police brutality. Definitely a play for current times. Ambitious and mostly succeeds.
Don't see it if Washington's character a bit one-note at times--not sure if due to writing, directing or performance. Somewhat heavy handed.
See it if You want a thought provoking play that discusses important issues, has mostly great acting, and takes your breath away at the end.
Don't see it if You want tidy. The ending was extraordinary, but felt contrived and unrealistic. I love Kerry Washington, but her performance was one-note.
See it if You want to see a play raise thoughtful issues about race and power in our current times.
Don't see it if You don’t like issue plays.
See it if Exploration of intersection of race, bigotry and gender as a mixed race teenager is missing while his parents deal with police
Don't see it if Ending is predictable but the writing keeps you off guard and challenges your assumptions all the way through; ensemble is terrific
See it if Cast is uniformly good; set up is designed to provoke discussion and avoid easy rote answers
Don't see it if Set up is purposefully in gray area which made feel more contrived and unsurprising in conclusion
See it if you want to see one of the "hot" shows about a "hot" topic. And see big name TV stars. Audience seemed to enjoy it a lot, although I didn't.
Don't see it if you want a script that makes sense. Plot is forced, manipulative and overwrought. No chemistry between leads. We don't get to know son.
See it if you are looking for an evening where 4 great actors give excellent performances in an important new play
Don't see it if plays with racial themes upset you.
See it if you want to see a 90 minute gripping drama done in real time with superb acting about racial issues set in a police station
Don't see it if you lack patience to follow the play through it's journey. It is 90 minutes with no scene changes building to an intense conclusion
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’d like to see a play with multiple perspectives on racism or a fan of Washington.
Don't see it if you don’t like stories that provide no new grounds or particular solutions.
See it if You want an interesting, thoughtful play with solid performances all around.
Don't see it if You're looking for a particular stand-out performance or perfect writing.
See it if you enjoy intense theatre reflecting current issues and themes, great performances, a tight script and some brutal moments.
Don't see it if you are "triggered" by racial themes or are not a fan of taut dramatic productions. Nothing soft and fluffy in this one.
See it if you like well acted shows about difficult topics
Don't see it if you don't like your entertainment light and happy and you don't like shows dealing with important issues affecting today's world
See it if A mother, father and two cops (two are black, two are white)... all referencing the same 18 year old black boy we never see.
Don't see it if some writing/ acting/ directing flaws; focus on the importance of the discussion (and changes) it can lead to...
See it if You would like to see a small character play about modern racial issues.
Don't see it if You want a play that pops. Often the dialogue and performances seem flat.
Also The final moments of the play are manipulative.
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 want an interesting dialogue on race - while sometimes a little over the top, it does provide an interesting insight.
Don't see it if you're looking for a subtle lesson on race. This show doesn't really trod any new ground and is a little too much at times.
See it if You like exploring contemporary topics in race relations. The acting is uniformly great.
Don't see it if You want a lot of action. This is all talk. There's not much new information here, but a good summary of the topic.
See it if you like Kerry Washington and want to see her live. She's a knock-out in this 80 minute play with heavy themes around race and police.
Don't see it if you are looking for something light or funny. It's a very intense 80-minutes.