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

During previews
100
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested to see diversity in theater and how a voice is not necessary to be a stage actor. Come with an open mind.

Don't see it if you're expecting a musical or a play with lots of dialogue.

During previews
74
Clever, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in deaf culture or any repressed group culture

Don't see it if you need more of a plot, or more nuanced character development

During previews
95
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if You like thought provoking writing.

Don't see it if You have no compassion

During previews
70
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Confusing

See it if you are curious about the deaf community and want to see things from their perspective

Don't see it if you're not ready to switch quickly between the subtitles on the screen and the acting

During previews
89
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if you enjoy great acting (and want to be introduced to a brand-new star), you're concerned about our society today, you like a riveting story

Don't see it if you want light comedy, you can't hear someone else's ideas through the thicket of your own

Also Don't allow the physical trappings of this stylish (but ordinary) prod... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Ambitious, Absorbing, Exquisite

See it if you love seeing innovative staging (they have closed captioning on top of the stage!) and fantastic performances.

Don't see it if No reason not to see this. It's incredible.

During previews
76
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like great acting and a good, thought provoking story.

Don't see it if 2.5 hours is too long for you.

During previews
70
Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if ...you are interested in an intelligent, well-acted show.

Don't see it if ...you require a compelling plot, traditional sets or characters who are capable of change.

Also I'm torn about this show. I understand that it's well done, but I just... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You love straight plays that are socially conscious.

Don't see it if You are under 13

During previews
100
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if If you want to see a revival of a great play that is completely relevant in todays world of impersonal communication

Don't see it if If you'd rather see something you don't need to think about

During previews
85
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if A new spin on a show that's been done before. Terrific acting, staging, etc. Nuanced and tight.

Don't see it if You're looking for something splashy and fluffy. This is a show that asks to be taken seriously. It's not just a night out.

During previews
100
Great acting, Absorbing, Exquisite, Funny, Entertaining

See it if A passionale drama filled with love and humor. Insightful storytelling reveals the need to be slow to judge and quick to listen.

Don't see it if If you are ADD.

During previews
93
Great acting, Profound, Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a great play with great acting

Don't see it if You don’t like plays and prefer musicals

Also Lauren Ridloff is amazing.... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Exquisite, Must see

See it if If you like romance, drama and a play that is relevant to today's events

Don't see it if If you like musicals.

Also Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson were amazing!

During previews
94
Thought provoking, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if If you want a well acted love story that makes us examine how we talk and listen to one another

Don't see it if If "check your brain at the door" theatre is your thing

During previews
97
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intense

See it if You want to see a beautiful story about the difficulty of being deaf in a hearing society.

Don't see it if You don't like dramas or want flashy numbers.

Also I loved this show! The acting was incredible and the supertitles helpe... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing

See it if In a world where lives are filled with no one listening to each other, this drama, woven with humor focuses on connecting with each other.

Don't see it if This is a show that requires the audience pay attention.

During previews
100
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Masterful, Romantic

See it if Beautiful, entertaining, well done, great acting, funny romantic, relevant and an overall must see!

Don't see it if N/A See it!

During previews
88
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Delightful

See it if good acting

Don't see it if grand musical

During previews
100
Entertaining, Clever, Epic, Great acting

See it if Loved it minimal set which drives amazing story and acting

Don't see it if Nothing really enjoyed both acts. And the main lead was great go se it ASAP

During previews
96
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if you like romantic drama

Don't see it if you don't like a heartwarming drama

For a previous production
83
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Excruciating, Intense

See it if You like a deep drama that can tear your heart out. It is deep, touching as well as absorbing. Great directing and staging.

Don't see it if Not for the feint of heart. It is moving and the subject tears at you emotions. If you do not like to be moved this way, it is not for you.

For a previous production
92
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You want to enter the world of the hearing impaired and discover issues you never knew existed . Berkshire cast was superb.

Don't see it if The reality is too much for you .

For a previous production
89
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you like intense theater that requires your attention

Don't see it if you're looking for lightness or fluff

For a previous production
77
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing

See it if it there is a revival.

Don't see it if the female lead is played by someone who does not have hearing impairments.


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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