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.


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)


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

Appropriately disturbing, Unfortunately timely, Well written and staged

See it if You enjoy disturbing contemporary dramas that accurately reflect a crisis of our time

Don't see it if You do not want to be upset in general or you will be more dismayed if no resolution or remedy emerges from the narrative

Also I found this work appropriately disturbing and thought provoking. It a... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Profound

See it if your interested in race and the tensions that come with it

Don't see it if you want a light and fluffy show to enjoy then forget about

Profound, Intense, Gut-wrenching, Powerful, Poignant

See it if You enjoy contemporary dramas.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through an intense contemporary drama that discusses family, race, politics, and policing, among other topics.

Also American Son is an intense, gut-wrenching, poignant, profound and powe... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want a moving theatre experience. Want to experience an excellent actress with a very good supporting cast. New story, new themes

Don't see it if You are offended by yelling and, at times, over emotional actors.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You want to see an exceptional, but all too frequent story, told convincingly and with superb force.

Don't see it if You don't care about our racist society.

Also This play will put your stomach in a not and it will stay there. Audib... Read more Read less

Slow, Thought-provoking, Cliched

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.

Great acting, Dizzying, Masterful

See it if Whew, you what to know how about how life is different for different people.

Don't see it if You're afraid of the truth

Great acting, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You want to see a real time extremely topical drama unfold in front of you. If you like Scandal.

Don't see it if you are expecting likeable characters.

Riveting, Resonant, Profound, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like situation drama type plays. Great acting.

Don't see it if Can feel with a procedural crime TV series episode at times, storyline uneven.

Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You are concerned with the current problems between police and the African American community.

Don't see it if You are not open minded and can’t or won’t see both sides to a conflict.

Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Must see

See it if If you want to see something extremely relevant to what is happening today and great acting

Don't see it if If you rather not have current news stories as the show format

Cliched, Great acting, Relevant, Disappointing, Heavy handed writing

See it if If you like thought-provoking plays with great performances.

Don't see it if If you don't like heavy dramas that deal with serious issues.

Also This play was very good, but lacked the subtlety and finesse that othe... Read more Read less

Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if This is a very dramatic play- very sad. The acting is great - very relevant in today’s climate of racism on part of the police. It was

Don't see it if You like happy endings.

Also refreshing to see both sides of this situation being discussed and not... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you are interested in topics of race, racism, interracial relationships. If you want to see excellent acting, especially Kerry Washington

Don't see it if You don't care for contemporary drama or the topics of race and racism make you uncomfortable. You only like light theater.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy drama that hits hard subject matter.

Don't see it if You prefer something uplifting.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in examining race and race relations from every aspect black/white, white/white, black/black, husband/wife, male/female..

Don't see it if serious, thought-provoking shows make you uncomfortable or if you do not wish to examine race relations.

Riveting, Relevant, Profound, Must see, Absorbing

See it if You are moved by all the things that are happening the US today from guns to climate change to especially the plight of racism and bullying.

Don't see it if You have no desire to cry, be moved by the story and the incredulous performances by Kerry Washington, Jeremy Jordan and Steven Pasquale.

Also At the end of this almost two hour show without intermission, the ligh... Read more Read less

Great acting, Must see, Intense, Relevant

See it if You love Kariey Washington

Don't see it if if you don't like plays

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Profound, Relevant

See it if You love intense emotional dramas and unbelievable acting. Also see it if the Black Lives Matter movement is important to you.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you only enjoy light fluffy comedies and don't enjoy family dramas with political overtones.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Challenging, Absorbing

See it if Every American (adult) should see this show. It has closed on Broadway, but thankfully will come out soon on Netflix.

Don't see it if Warnings for talk of violence, divorce, and race discrimination. On-stage violence is limited to shoving and restraining in handcuffs.

Poignant, Must see, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to see directly the impact of race in America and the struggles that appear on all sides of the equation

Don't see it if you don't like plays or plays that have extended periods of silence. Or if you aren't interested in race relations

Absorbing, Intense, Relevant

See it if You want to learn about a contemporary issue through a family

Don't see it if you do not want to deal with the emotions of a family in crisis

Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Kerry Washington gives a very powerful performance. Rest of cast is good as well. Good dramatic show

Don't see it if you may not like it if you are looking for a unique story line.

Real, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Resonant

See it if You want to see a realistic, raw show that deals w/ racism & social-political issues about what it means to be white/black in the USA.

Don't see it if Hearing intense, real, but important, timely conversations is not your thing. It makes you listen to others' perspectives. Not a fluff piece

Also I enjoyed this show even though it was atypical of the types of shows/... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Relevant

See it if you want to see a surprising, well written play. It is political and personal and speaks to the current situation with our racial divide.

Don't see it if you are looking for a light and fluffy escape every day life.

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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