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

Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if two strong performances by lead actors. Intelligent play about being deaf.

Don't see it if the supertitles at times were not helpful and didn't keep up with dialogue.

Disappointing, Slow, Dated, Terrible set

See it if You want to see Lauren Ridloff give a great performance. I wish I could say the same for Jackson

Don't see it if You want something new and fresh. You don't like subtitles although James verbalize what Sarah is saying throughout the show

Also I was really looking forward to this but was disappointed. There are s... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if Themes of communication across difference, and bridging communication gaps that are relevant in our society today

Don't see it if There is a lot going on. The acting is technically masterful, but can be a little hard to follow who's saying what to whom at any moment.

Great acting, Dated, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You enjoy strong acting performances in a play facing a difficult topic. U R a Fan of revivals.

Don't see it if You looking for a light hearted stage presentation.

Dated, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in good actors in a period piece about a disability.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in how the deaf learn to make their way in a hearing world.

Also When this was written it presented some shocking issues; now some of t... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Intense, Relevant

See it if you are familiar with it's previous iterations, can appreciate relevant stories about the struggles of the disenfranchised, and know ASL.

Don't see it if you have a hard time focusing (most of the show is in sign language with supertitles) or if you are intolerant of people with disabilities.

Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like thought provoking stories

Don't see it if You will get bored easily by a little too long show time

Absorbing, Great acting, Dated, Relevant

See it if you are able to go in without expectations - I enjoyed it more that I thought I would based on reviews, you want to see two great leads.

Don't see it if you find it hard to sit through a regurgitation of everything that is signed, you can't sit through a clunky script for a few moving scenes.

Excruciating, Slow, Confusing

See it if You aren't interested in deaf culture.

Don't see it if it was difficult to understand not being able to see subtitle and the direction was VERY off

Great acting, Absorbing, Romantic, Profound, Slow

See it if you love a great play , a love story, at a beautiful iconic NY venue , with superb acting and chemistry between the lead actors

Don't see it if Supertitles above the stage and sign language will be a distraction .The play is long and evolves slowly so avoid this if you are impatient

Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if You really have nothing else to do,

Don't see it if You don't like dated clichéd plays.

Ambitious, Great staging, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if Have not seen this production or film. Enjoy theatre with a different approach such as signing throughout. Good acting. The leads deliver.

Don't see it if Want a great production or have a problem with speech that isn't clear at times from some minor characters.

Entertaining, Interesting, Great acting

See it if If you want to see an interesting show and interested in deaf culture

Don't see it if Rather see a musical or get distracted by subtitles above stage

Also Well written and interesting show. I was entertained

Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if you are curious about non-hearing people in a hearing world and our lack of communication skills.

Don't see it if you don't like captioned plays and quick paced dialogue.

Disappointing, Great acting, Stark set with neon tubing, Weak book

See it if you enjoy a show with different points of view, i.e. being deaf versus having all 5 senses. The set adds a cold feel to the production.

Don't see it if you want a warm, fuzzy show. I miss the bedroom scene from movie. "Say my name" added so much depth to their relationship issues.

Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a thought-provoking performance about real world issues or appreciate shows in ASL.

Don't see it if You want something light and fluffy.

Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated, Slow

See it if You are interested in a dated confusing play about deaf rights and communication between the hearing and the deaf

Don't see it if You have trouble believing and rooting for a relationship that doesn't make much sense

Great staging, Great acting

See it if Beautiful story and beautiful performances-if you want a drama that makes you really feel, this is for you. Great performances by the cast.

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of dramas or plays, this might not be for you. Also if you love the movie, you may not like the stage adaptation.

Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You want to enjoy great acting and a story that will make you think. The 2 main actors are amazing!

Don't see it if The show is slow at times....and perhaps could have been shorter.

Great acting, Dated, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you're interested in storylines with deaf characters.

Don't see it if you want a relevant, well written drama.

Disappointing, Slow, Inert

See it if you're friends with Lauren Ridloff. She's the one good thing about this revival.

Don't see it if you expect Joshua Jackson to do anything other than recite his lines.

Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are interested in gaining insight into the challenges that the deaf face in today's world.

Don't see it if You have no interest in the above.

Great acting, Dated, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like shows with a powerful message and don’t mind minimal staging

Don't see it if you like big, lavish productions

Absorbing, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to be moved by a thoughtful piece of theater.

Don't see it if you prefer lavish productions. This was definitely minimalist.

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy well rounded performances, stories about the deaf community, non traditional romances,

Don't see it if You dislike shows with sparse staging or mimed props, like plots to be completely fleshed out without any holes, or dislike shows using sign

Also Bottom line: An annoyingly sparse set and minor plot holes is made up ... Read more Read less

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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