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

70
Strong individual performances, Zero chemistry between romantic leads, Disconcerting overhead translation 15 seconds behind stage action, Impressive minimalist set - great lighting, Slow

See it if you absolutely have to. Closing early-understandably-because of poor ticket sales. Strong individual performances; Zero chemistry with leads

Don't see it if People with speech and hearing conditions bother you. Well, in fact, just don't see it!

70
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you are sensitive to disabled people coping in an insensitive world.

Don't see it if You will be put off by some spoken dialogue and some projected dialogue and are trying to understand the story from both perspectives.

75
Dated, Great acting, Indulgent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see life through a deaf person. You want to see their challenges and the way they were treated in the past.

Don't see it if You are looking for a comedy. It is not. Very little action, very talky.

Also I found the sub-titles distracting. I wish a different character could... Read more Read less

52
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

70
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Dated

See it if you’d like a play about a tumultuous romance between a deaf woman & a hearing man & his struggles to understand her act of self preservation

Don't see it if you’re not interested in dialogues heavily involving sign language or the struggles of differently-able people.

Also Close captioning was available for the dialogues spoken, but I wish it... Read more Read less

90
Lesser is greater

See it if You haven't seen or read it. Memory lane trip with Jackson. Ridloff is a revelation.

Don't see it if Zero production values. Lousy set. Only orchestra to avoid distracting super titles parade. Unnecessary unless deaf.

Also Great R&B music. Odd to to sit through entire Stevie Wonder song at ou... Read more Read less

63
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.

68
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.

71
Dated, Thought-provoking

See it if Well meaning story line that deals with powerful feelings on both sides. Strong points can get you involved with these characters.

Don't see it if It tends to be to long and for those impatient that maybe a problem sitting through this revival.

78
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want to see two brilliant star making Broadway debuts or if you want to see the most accessible show in Broadway history.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that make you think or shows where people speak in sign language even if the sign language is interpreted.

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if Exploring human connection and differences interests you. Simple set is made more powerful through music and lighting changes to evoke mood

Don't see it if You dislike dramatic plays primarily driven by dialogue. You're not curious about how a particular relationship might unfold

70
Absorbing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You want to see great performances by the leads. You are interested in a play that presents the struggles of the other-abled.

Don't see it if Great performances are not enough. You want to understand every word [I couldn't]. You want a light, entertaining evening.

Also I did not see the original play [which won the Tony in 1980 and many o... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Dated, Profound

See it if you want to see an important show in our history and some amazing deaf actors

Don't see it if you need the subtitles to follow along as they were out of sync frequently and even skipped an entire passage

82
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if A good play with two terrific lead actors. I was engaged throughout and ultimately very moved .

Don't see it if You don't like plays, especially one's that require you to pay attention.

92
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You like drama. You have any interest in the experience of deafness. You want to see ASL on stage. You want to see powerhouse acting.

Don't see it if You only like musicals or fluffy stories.

Also I had not seen the original or the movie so I only knew the basics of ... Read more Read less

71
Great acting, Clever, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a revival that takes on new means to make their piece more available to everyone within their target demographic

Don't see it if supertitles confuses you

10
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.

68
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

71
Dated, Different, Ambitious, Slow, Unnecessary long

See it if it’s interesting to watch and follow in the 1st act but gets repetitive and boring in the 2nd. Different and unique but also somewhat dated.

Don't see it if the play drags in the 2nd act. Should have been 1.5 hrs with no intermission. The choice of supporting musical fragments is terrible.

58
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

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a thought-provoking show. It's superbly written & performed. It's a well-paced & complex production.

Don't see it if you don't like intense dramas. There are heavy emotions throughout with few lighthearted moments.

50
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

50
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.

76
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you have never seen this provocative play about a couple meeting in silence and in sound who help each other listen and not judge.

Don't see it if you would be distracted by the signing by the main female character or have no interest in learning how deaf people deal with their deafness

80
Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in deaf culture or the experience of underserved and/or misunderstood minorities in general.

Don't see it if You will be distracted by the supertitles above the stage (sitting close will help if this is an issue for you.)


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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