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
Avg Score

Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Dated

See it if You want to see great acting with a moving relationship and want to see a story about deaf culture. It is slightly dated

Don't see it if Following along with the sign language and narration will bother you. I did not find it hard to follow though.

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful, Relevant

See it if Extraordinary performance from Joshua Jackson. Kudos to the cast, director, scenic designer, and to the rest of the team.

Don't see it if If you are not interested in the subject matter

Also This play advances a solution in the words of Lauren Ridloff, telling ... Read more Read less

Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound

See it if you enjoy this script, and want to see a refreshing authenticity in the casting and the acting of it.

Don't see it if you need direction and design that lives up to this still solid script, and supports the actors.

Bland, Tedious, Forgettable

See it if you like after-school specials, have a connection with the deaf community, or for some reason a big fan of Mr. Jackson.

Don't see it if you'd rather avoid lengthy, dated, repetitive plays, staged in a boring uninspired way, with flat dialog and mediocre performances.

Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy thought provoking theater told through the eyes of hearing impaired actors.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy hearing the same person’s voice throughout the majority of the play as he says his lines as well as translates her lines.


See it if Didn't see the original.

Don't see it if you want to get emotionally involved.

Also The lead actor seems to have fallen into the trap of being our interru... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Dated, Ambitious

See it if you want to be touched by an amazing story and wonderful performances.

Don't see it if you are not patient to stay focused for a long show

Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You are down with inconsistent acting. Some performers where way better than others.

Don't see it if You don't like slow shows. You don't want to hear one person speak. Almost the entire story as the other actors sign. You like good staging

Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like plays on deaf topics, you want to see a revival of a Tony winning play, you support deaf actors

Don't see it if you don't like plays you have to interpret

Also While it was nice to have this revival, it pales in comparison to the ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if You like great acting and modern classics.

Don't see it if You don't like spare sets and staging.

Also I was on the fence about seeing this, having seen the original and the... Read more Read less

Great acting, Dated

See it if lauren ridloff's performance was one of the best i've seen. (and joshua jackson deserves a lot more credit than he got!)

Don't see it if criticisms about the play itself are valid. some directorial decisions could've been better.

Clever, Exquisite, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you ever wanted to understand what a deaf person experiences. Wonderfully acted by a superb cast.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span and don't want to understand how others cope with what you take for granted.

Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You’ve never seen this well-written play. You want to understand the world of the hearing-impaired. You love Joshua Jackson. You think

Don't see it if Hearing a deaf actor speak would be upsetting. You don’t like long but somewhat repetitive dramas.

Also getting to see a Broadway play at a hugely discounted price is a good ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like well acted thoughtful plays. Joshua Jackson (who was fantastic in Fringe) gives a great performance as do all actors.Very well done

Don't see it if You prefer seeing a musical. This is a very thoughtful play

Great acting, Slow, Ambitious, Noble failure, Dated

See it if You want to see a well acted exploration of what it means to be deaf.

Don't see it if You want to see a successful show. The play is too slow. The set is nonexistent. This show feels unpolished.

Also Both leads were exceptional, especially Lauren Ridloff. The subtitles ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you've never been exposed to nuanced conversations about deaf culture and deafness in a hearing world and would enjoy this as an entry point

Don't see it if you'd be bothered by a script where hearing characters basically repeat what the deaf characters sign, to "translate" for hearing audiences

Great acting, Romantic, Intense, Intelligent

See it if the writing and acting are great and very impressive. It's an entertaining and touching show.

Don't see it if you want something with a little more direction and set design. It is a tougher show to watch because of all of the translating that occurs

Slow, Entertaining, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a show with subject matter we don’t always see on broadway

Don't see it if You don’t like romantically based plays

Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays about complicated issues told in a different way.

Don't see it if You like happy endings or something light hearted and witty.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if The challenges of communication, acceptance of differently abled individuals, and/or politics within the deaf world are of interest to you

Don't see it if none of above is of interest and/or you’re not prepared to intuit significant dialogue in ASL (should have also close captioned that too)

Absorbing, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in seeing a new young extraordinarily talented deaf woman. her acting is superb.

Don't see it if you don't like to see shows with subtitles or interpretations for the deaf. you dislike sets that make no sense.

Thought-provoking, Clunky, Some great acting (ridloff), Some bad acting (jackson)

See it if It could have been a lot more resonant and thought provoking with better direction. The material is very interesting

Don't see it if Jackson reads his+Ridloff's lines with such a monotonous tone it sounds like he's reading a dull his character isn't likeable

Great acting, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you want to see a well-acted play that is fairly relevant today, as whether the deaf community has to adapt to the hearing or vice versa.

Don't see it if you want a happily resolved play or characters that are 100% likable.

Clever, Indulgent, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a Tony Award winning play the first time around. Clever use of signing and spoken word. Two strong performance by the leads

Don't see it if its hard to focus on action and words. Cold stage set is wrong. The play is a bit choppy. Male lead could have more depth.

Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Dated, Intense

See it if you want to see two great performances given by the leads and you want to see an exploration of the issues of the deaf community.

Don't see it if you want to see something light, easy and fun.

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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