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)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

77
Dated, Great acting, Relevant, Slow, Resonant

See it if Still important, still poignant drama about disabilities both physical & emotional Yet good work by leads can't quite overcome clumsy script

Don't see it if Leon's direction fails to ignite action or balance drama's flaws Inert set hurts also Play feels more about gender issues than disability

70
Dated, Great acting, Intense

See it if Acting by the new female discovery Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson were on target. .The play explored problems: see more

Don't see it if see more

Also Feelings and emotions re the use of sign language, the need for go-bet... Read more Read less

77
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you would like to explore the difficulty of communication from the mind of a professional working with hearing and speaking impaired people.

Don't see it if you are not willing to pay full attention to every word, most spoken by Jackson as he speaks for himself and others, sometimes monotone-like

80
Clever, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Edgy, Intense

See it if issue based theater excites you. Beautifully abstract staging allows the many points of view on deafness to be presented w/o distractions

Don't see it if you dislike educational theater. The whole plot is focused on a romantic couple divided by their understanding & experience of deafness.

70
Frustrating, Engaging, Inconsistent, Poorly staged, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a revival of a play from the 70s that should be very dated, and yet, is still very relevant today.

Don't see it if confusing directing and a mediocre performance from the leading man would make it difficult for you to enjoy the thought-provoking script.

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a beautiful show that does a pretty good job of updating a classic.

Don't see it if Occasionally a little static despite great acting. It sometimes felt stilted. I did see it at the first preview, so I hope that changes.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You need a lesson on the world of the deaf.

Don't see it if If you’ve already seen it once.

73
Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like to see revivals of shows you've heard about.2 leads are excellent.Show rambles, unclear in spots.Not always clear what the point is

Don't see it if you're looking for insight into the world of the deaf.Play isn't particularly coherent or thought provoking.The play sort of just sits there

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Romantic, Resonant

See it if I really enjoyed this production of a dated play which becomes relevant to many self vs other struggles seeking a bridge.

Don't see it if You dont want to sit through 2:35 of talk. The first act is basically exposition whereas Act 2 is more character driven.

Also If one looks beyond the setting, this play actually has a universal th... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Excruciating, Relevant

See it if a show dealing with the deaf and their education is of great interest to you. Great performances from several deaf actors.

Don't see it if quick paced dramas are what you prefer.

75
Dated, Slow, Boring, Disappointing, Just okay

See it if you enjoy blasts from the past (i.e. The Heidi Chronicles) that don't hold up now. The path of this romance is more cringeworthy than cute.

Don't see it if Joshua Jackson yelling each line as an irritating, mansplaining character will grate. If this was the director's choice, it was a poor one.

Also Jackson was strong in Smart People, so this stilted performance is baf... Read more Read less

82
Human, Beneath some datedness, a poignant tale, Vital messages, Sparsely-designed, Silences that speak volumes

See it if seeking a sometimes old-fashioned-in-tone love story about language, communication, and the ways we come to understand ourselves and roles.

Don't see it if the repetition of lines, use of American Sign Language, rudimentary stage design, and mimed props sound off-putting; want a clear finale.

Also Albeit with some flat writing, Children of a Lesser God is a poignant ... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if A well produced revival. The leads and ensemble are excellent. Interesting and effective minimal scenery. A memorable evening .

Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer musicals or light dramas.

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Epic

See it if Excellent production. definitely should see.

Don't see it if If you prejudge a show in multiple languages just because you don't understand all of them.

74
Relevant, Slow

See it if Emotionally explains the struggles of the deaf living in a world made for people with hearing. Builds empathy for the disabled.

Don't see it if Dislike slow, quiet plays. Subtitles annoy you. Can't stand seeing people with disabilities. Pacey from Dawson's Creek is triggering.

Also Ticket from online rush for $37.50.

75
Slow, Thought-provoking, Dated, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if you appreciate revivals of iconic well written theatre and explorations of divergent perspectives of disability, even if anachronistic.

Don't see it if you prefer modern contexts, prefer mudicsls and light themes, dislike watching biracial romance, or lack patience for signing and no action

92
Intelligent, Refreshing, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A great stage production with outstanding actors!

Don't see it if Not your play if you don’t like serious plays.

78
Great acting, Slow, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You are interested in the struggles of people living in a deaf world. Lauren Ridloff is a revelation as Sarah.

Don't see it if You mind a play that shows its age, not in the topic which continues to be relevant, but in its storyline.

Also It is still an important play and the acting was beautiful. Joshua Jac... Read more Read less

85
Highly recommend, Very touching, Thought-provoking, Relevant / resonant, Excellent performances

See it if you know AND like the movie. Slightly different book, but it works beautifully on stage. Strong performances. Didn't feel like 2 & 1/2 hrs.

Don't see it if you don't know the movie (or original play) and are expecting a sweet love-story. Do your homework. There is conflict from the word "GO".

Also It's all about the acting, & Joshua Jackson is SUPERB.... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if If you enjoy seeing new visions of plays you’ve seen before. And see it if you’ve never seen it .

Don't see it if If you like plays with realistic sets and straight through time lines. And if it bothers you to read as well as listen

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Revival focuses on the love story element between hearing teacher and a deaf woman. Cast is outstanding,particularly the lead actors.

Don't see it if The subject matter is not of interest to you. Your attention is required at times to look up at the supertitles.

78
Great performances, Minimalist staging and set, Very talky, A bit slow at times, Worth seeing

See it if You would enjoy a solid drama that explores the issues that deaf people face.

Don't see it if You're in the mood for something lighthearted.

80
Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to consider intersectional topics like "who speaks for those who are marginalized"? You want to support Deaf art.

Don't see it if You are frustrated not understanding every piece of dialogue (ASL is not translated in the captioning).

90
Intense, Underrated, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You can before it closes. Lauren Ridloff is captivating

Don't see it if I don't know. Feel like this show should have had a better chance.

Also This was the show I was most excited for this Broadway season and when... Read more Read less

83
Entertaining, Dated, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you'll enjoy some excellent performances in a somewhat dated play.

Don't see it if you're allergic to sap; you'll struggle w/ a play in which a character changes in ways not fully explained; you prefer realistic sets.


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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