Already closed | 2h 35m | Midtown W

Children of a Lesser God

From 775 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent, Dated

About the show

The Tony-winning drama about the romance between a sensitive but spirited deaf woman and a devoted (and hearing) teacher returns to Broadway with Joshua Jackson ('The Affair'), Lauren Ridloff, and Anthony Edwards ('ER'). More…

Sometimes, a fleeting glance or a subtle touch can speak volumes. In an age where texts and tweets make it seem like the whole world is talking at once, this timeless play about the art of communication explores what it's really like to not be heard or understood.

In addition to the winning the 1980 Tony Award for Best Play, 'Children of a Lesser God' was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film. Directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon ('A Raisin in the Sun'), this production marks the play's first ever Broadway revival.

2h 35m | Already closed | Studio 54 (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (775)


Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent, Dated

Disappointing, Slow, Lifeless, Confusing

See it if No major reason to go. It's not horrible. Just mediocre.

Don't see it if The constant translation and acting by Jackson were out of the narration of a children's book. Really unnatural, devoid of passion and silly

Also The plot leaves so much to be desired. Impossible to understand where ... Read more Read less

Generic, Uninspired, Slow, Dated, Drab

See it if you are a fan of one of the actors & have to see anything that actor performs in.

Don't see it if you are looking for something smart, inspired, innovative or alive.

Also The script for “Children of a Lesser God” never rises above the generi... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Excruciating, Dated, Banal

See it if Speech teacher marries angry deaf maid, conflict results. Jackson translates for signing world, thus never leaves stage. Signing as artform.

Don't see it if Inexperienced deaf actor finds work on stage. Coupled w/ TV actors and static set make for frustrating evening. Jackson's monotone strecthes

Dated, Important topic, Sparse set in large theater. not much to look at., Likeable & talented actors

See it if Interesting & important topic. But play is so dated & clunky it just doesn’t work now. Set is sparse & but does not add to interest.

Don't see it if You want to see an entertaining show. This is slow & very dated, a strange story that is even stranger in these days of #metoo.

Also Actors were all good. Exciting to see so much signing on stage. But ot... Read more Read less

Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Absorbing, Cliched

See it if An important breakthrough play at one time. Deals sensitivity with the issues of the deaf community. Lauren Ridloff was electric.

Don't see it if Joshua Jackson, who I usually like, made the weird choice to read all his lines in a monotone. His character was kinda creepy.

Dated, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you're intrigued by plays exploring deaf culture. Lauren Ridloff is incredible, in a breakout performance.

Don't see it if // the play was written in the 70s and feels slightly dated but still seems incredibly relevant to today.

Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you have never seen this show. Lauren Ridloff does a good job with a great role. Not my favorite script.

Don't see it if you want to care. I was frustrated by the lack of empathy I had for the characters. Joshua Jackson signs well, but sounded stilted.

Good acting, Repetitive, Relevant, Sterile set, Confusing

See it if like shows about the handicapped, dealing with difficulties adapting to life in our society, complicated love stories and fine acting.

Don't see it if dislike very repetitive episodes that explore the same insights and themes and sterile sets.

Dated, Disappointing, Dull, Terrible set design

See it if Despite good acting, esp. by Ridloff, the show felt flat & lifeless, with a set so bare there was nothing to hold your interest.

Don't see it if Play doesn't hold up today. In light of #metoo movement, the teacher/student romance & sexist relationship dynamics were cringeworthy.

Dated, Romantic, Ambitious, Feels like regional theatre, Disappointing

See it if You have a soft spot for this dated Medoff script. You know ASL or are interested in deaf culture.

Don't see it if You expect to be moved by the relationships-- they never feel real. The script also seems creaky and illogical.

Also Lauren Ridloff is the only bright light in this production. (Jackson i... Read more Read less

Dated, Clunky, So many weird directorial choices, Bad set, Disappointing

See it if you can see this as a period piece. There are some important themes here but they're not well conveyed. Lauren Ridloff is one to watch.

Don't see it if you expect this to be as powerful as the original. There are so many elements that don't work--not sure if it's the writing or direction.

Also There is no chemistry between the lead characters. Furthermore, James ... Read more Read less

Dated, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a revival of a play you missed seeing back in the day or find the subject matter of interest

Don't see it if If you prefer comedies.

Disappointing, Slow, Insipid, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if you did not see the original production and have no basis of comparison. This is empty and passionless. There is no chemistry and it fails

Don't see it if you expect theater to be compelling and committed. This is so superficial and careful that it strikes no chord of real meaning.Missed chance

Thought-provoking, Slow, Dated

See it if you are interested in learning more about sign language/deaf culture. I found that aspect enlightening, but wasn't blown away by the show

Don't see it if you don't like monologues. Although there are 2 people on stage, Joshua Jackson's constant translating grows tiresome quickly.

Great writing, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if You didn't see the original. The script is great but this production is poor.

Don't see it if Want an intense drama or expect to see Anthony Edwards for more than a few minutes.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if You are curious about shows with sign language paralleled with spoken one

Don't see it if The acting doesn’t click; the tempo is way too slow

Confusing, Disappointing, Intense, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if You like to see the famous two actors live on stage, in a great theatre. Understand a deaf person struggle with hearing world, family issues

Don't see it if A stage with minimal (almost non existing)setting, play wt substitles that is very distracting,one actor speaks for himself, and a deaf girl

Cliched, Dated, Banal, Disappointing, Mediocre

See it if you enjoy watching the beauty and clever banter of sign language. The wonderful actress, Lauren Ridloff, is enjoyable to watch.

Don't see it if you want to see chemistry between the lead actors. I loved the original on Broadway. I walked out after intermission of this revival.

Also I think that Joshua Jackson's acting in this role needs work. Also, th... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Overrated, Quirky, Slow

See it if you enjoy a bit of a dated show. The whole professor sleeps with student just seems gross in 2018. The deaf cast was exceptional.

Don't see it if you are wanting a fresh take on the work.


See it if Didn't see the original.

Don't see it if you want to get emotionally involved.

Also The lead actor seems to have fallen into the trap of being our interru... Read more Read less

Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You are down with inconsistent acting. Some performers where way better than others.

Don't see it if You don't like slow shows. You don't want to hear one person speak. Almost the entire story as the other actors sign. You like good staging

Great acting, Slow, Ambitious, Noble failure, Dated

See it if You want to see a well acted exploration of what it means to be deaf.

Don't see it if You want to see a successful show. The play is too slow. The set is nonexistent. This show feels unpolished.

Also Both leads were exceptional, especially Lauren Ridloff. The subtitles ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Clunky, Some great acting (ridloff), Some bad acting (jackson)

See it if It could have been a lot more resonant and thought provoking with better direction. The material is very interesting

Don't see it if Jackson reads his+Ridloff's lines with such a monotonous tone it sounds like he's reading a dull his character isn't likeable

Disappointing, Slow, Dated, Terrible set

See it if You want to see Lauren Ridloff give a great performance. I wish I could say the same for Jackson

Don't see it if You want something new and fresh. You don't like subtitles although James verbalize what Sarah is saying throughout the show

Also I was really looking forward to this but was disappointed. There are s... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Slow, Confusing

See it if You aren't interested in deaf culture.

Don't see it if it was difficult to understand not being able to see subtitle and the direction was VERY off

April 11th, 2018
"A knockout professional debut performance by Ridloff...A lovely performance by Jackson...Leon’s direction seems random...The play falters badly in its second act...Eventually you realize that Mr. Medoff simply did not have the wherewithal to dramatize the fundamental conflict any further because...
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April 11th, 2018
"Maddeningly heavy-handed...Some of the problems are structural...But a larger problem is tonal. To today's audiences, James's relationship with Sarah is manifestly jerkish from the get-go...A different production might have hidden these failings or even jujitsu-ed them into virtues. But Leon's r...
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April 11th, 2018
"There are two intense scenes...Both are performed with instinctive brilliance by acting rookie Ridloff, Broadway's most accessible show ever for the hearing-impaired is at times inaccessible or awkward for the hearing - which is maybe the most thematically resonant technical flaw ever to afflict...
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April 11th, 2018
"The production tips the balance away from the author's sensitive handling of deaf politics toward the bland reaffirmation that the heart is a more powerful communication tool than the human voice...Leon's sluggish production does eventually gather some steam...Those basic rights of autonomy, res...
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