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
Avg Score

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

60
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.

25
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

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

67
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

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.

77
Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Slow

See it if See it for Lauren Ridloff! She just sparkles---a delight to see a show so thoughtful about using more senses. I loved the subtitles.

Don't see it if Although a bit plodding still worth seeing for the resonant story which is quite moving.

82
Ambitious, Cliched, Dated

See it if Out of curiosity.

Don't see it if Saw the original.

76
Absorbing, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a more compassionate understanding of the endless challenges that handicapped people live with as well as those who love them.

Don't see it if you loved the movie and want to remember the performances of William Hurt and Marlee Matlin

65
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

80
Dated, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if want to see outstanding performances. Lauren Ridloff is outstanding and Joshua Jackson absolutely deserved recognition.

Don't see it if you are looking a riveting plot. The play is dated and the set was boring and bare. The story is completely different from the movie.

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You want to feel conflicted. There were moments that were devastating, and moments that landed with a thud. Both leads were wonderful.

Don't see it if You’re easily distracted. Chemistry was lacking between the leads. There was closed captioning—it was often out of sync, and too visible.

Also The captioning was nice, but it was directly over the stage, so anyone... Read more Read less

70
Thought-provoking, Slow, Enchanting, Profound

See it if You'd like to have insight in deaf culture, see a wonderful deaf actress on stage perform with a great actor.

Don't see it if Oh don't like monologues. Unfortunately because one actor is deaf you mostly hear Jackson speak. Don't look for elaborate set.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Dated, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You want to see the world from a non hearing person perspective. All the actors were great. Story was enchanting and empowering.

Don't see it if You don’t like captions or reading script. This play is a can’t miss

75
Delightful, Great acting, Fluffy, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You're a fan on the cast on stage, don't mind interracial romance, and romance between the typical and atypical. It's a nice story. A little

Don't see it if Slow and there are captions, which are sometimes on point, sometimes not, but, I like that it's offered, for the hearing impaired. It was

Also Fluffy, yet emotional. The them was #StartListening, which is importan... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Profound, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if See @LaurenRidloff in her deserved Tony-nom performance; streamlined production focuses on character relationships

Don't see it if Uncharacteristic heavy direction by Kenny Leon

66
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.

75
Beautiful, Enlightening

See it if you are an empathetic person willing to broaden your horizons.

Don't see it if you are judgmental and unwilling to acknowledge another's plight.

72
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to see play about an important topic that is very professionally done.

Don't see it if you find rehashing the same theme annoying and you're not interested in the problems of the profoundly deaf.

Also I would have liked to hear more about the childhoods of the 2 main cha... Read more Read less

70
Absorbing, Dated, Great acting, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if you want to experience a well-acted, thoughtful production featuring a star-making turn by Lauren Ridloff.

Don't see it if you can't get past a significant hurdle: the play doesn't convince you why the two leads love each other, lessening the impact of the show.


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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