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

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if and only if you must.

Don't see it if you are able to get a ticket to anything other Broadway show.

Also For the record, I have never seen the 1986 film of the same name nor d... Read more Read less

Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if The bad writing between the characters and the story overshadows the oddly colorful set & the lead acting like he is in "Promises, Promises"

Don't see it if The person to blame, per usual, is the overrated director Kenny Leon, who likes to beat the audience over the head with his obvious ideas.

Disappointing, Slow, Inert

See it if you're friends with Lauren Ridloff. She's the one good thing about this revival.

Don't see it if you expect Joshua Jackson to do anything other than recite his lines.

Slow, Boring, Unengaging, No chemistry, Dated

See it if you want to see a dated but interesting relationship play, seriously performed and well-intended; and some decent enough acting.

Don't see it if you like stimulating drama that keeps you awake and touches the heart and mind. This one is a stinker, and I grew tired of listening.


See it if you're really, really curious.

Don't see it if a complete misstep. confused direction.

Poor acting, Boring, Bad writing

See it if You want to support the representation of Deaf stories and experiences. You can ignore Joshua Jackson's atrocious acting

Don't see it if You are looking for a thoughtfully conceptualized narrative with compelling characters

Dated, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if you enjoy a more dated story that doesn't have much new to say.

Don't see it if you want something to challenge or inspire you. Or if you want to be entertained.

Disappointing, Dated, Painful, Poorly conceived

See it if Honestly, it's hard to come up with a reason. You like ASL? Even that's not enough.

Don't see it if You're sick of stomaching bad productions that somehow make it to Broadway.

Also From the set to most acting to the lack of chemistry between leads to ... Read more Read less

Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Turgid

See it if You’ve never seen a production of any play that deals with entitled people who think they know how to speak for people with challenges

Don't see it if 1. You’ve ever seen this play before, 2. Don’t like reading supertitles 3. Want to see a play that is well-directed.

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you want a play about issues surrounding deaf people living in a hearing world

Don't see it if want a well-acted, smartly written, not boring play

Slow, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You have absolutely nothing better to do You enjoy walking out of a show at intermission You like being bored

Don't see it if You like a compelling book You like dramatic tension

Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Want to just look at Joshua Jackson

Don't see it if It is a bit dated. Also not sure why Joshua Jackson was shouting.

During previews
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you want to support representation of deaf actors on Broadway

Don't see it if you don't care for repetitive dialogue that just repeats what was just signed.

During previews
Slow, Disappointing

See it if you're curious how the play holds up.

Don't see it if you're looking for well directed/casted production

Also The ensemble has absolutely no chemistry. They feel like they are in d... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Insipid, Dizzying

See it if I saw it on Broadway years ago and saw the film. Both were mesmerizing. This production is flat and boring. Joshua Jackson is monotone.

Don't see it if Rent or stream the film. This production is dreadful and embarrassing.

Also The words are flashing on a sign above the stage and Joshua may as wel... Read more Read less

During previews
Excruciating, Slow, Weird revival, Banal, Boring

See it if ...I have nothing. Go at your own risk.

Don't see it if you don't want to be bored out of your mind.

Also I was OK with the show not being current (after all, this show was bas... Read more Read less

During previews
Dated, Excruciating, Slow, Exhausting, Passionless

See it if Just don’t. If encouraging deaf or hearing-impaired actors is important to you, give to a nonprofit that supports them... not this show.

Don't see it if Just don’t. Utterly baffled how this dusty, gutless, and disappointingly uncreative production ever got legs.

During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you see every major show, heedless of quality. If you have no acquaintance with the original stage production or the film, you may enjoy.

Don't see it if you have affectionate memories of the original production or film, have high expectations from Broadway shows or want emotional engagement.

Also Sorry to say that this production feels more like community theater th... Read more Read less

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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