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Saint Joan (Broadway)

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Members say: Great acting, Slow, Absorbing, Intelligent, Disappointing

About the show

Manhattan Theatre Club brings George Bernard Shaw's take on the story of Joan of Arc to Broadway in a new production starring three-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad. More…

Set in 15th century France, 'Saint Joan' follows a country girl whose mysterious visions propel her into elite circles. When the nation’s rulers become threatened by her popularity and influence, they unite to bring her down and she finds herself on trial for her life. This timeless and powerful play dramatizes the limits of an individual in a society dominated by overwhelming political and religious forces. Directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan.

Member Reviews (341)


Great acting, Slow, Absorbing, Intelligent, Disappointing
Avg Score

Talky, Uneven acting, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like historical, philosophical dramedies. Interesting ideas abound, sometimes ad nauseum. Sullivan's direction disappoints, w uneven...

Don't see it if acting (Rashad was in diff play stylistically) & silly bits (like Page's endless drying). Play sh be trimmed. Scenes sag. No costume concept

Also Set eventually bores. Interesting lighting only in Act II. SO many mal... Read more Read less

Banal, Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Overrated

See it if You want to see a different side of Joan, here she is not violent. Very good acting.

Don't see it if Way to long, does not present her as she was. If 3 hours is to long to sit.

Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Shavian, Engaging

See it if you want to see Rashad shine as an intrepid Joan in Shaw's witty, weighty dialectic that bursts w/brilliance in this faithful, fresh staging

Don't see it if you're going to moan about the fact that Shaw's plays are too "talky". [If you need music to enjoy Shaw's verbosity, see My Fair Lady.]

Also It's been a good year for Shaw in NYC, between Bedlam's recently-close... Read more Read less

Great writing, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if Sullivan's laconic direction both a plus/minus but allows Shaw's dialectics full due Surrounded by top notch ensemble, Rashad is up to task

Don't see it if Being Shaw it's always talky & often long winded but reasoned debate so scarce these days.... Rashad tends to garble during intense moments

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Funny, Disappointing

See it if you're a fan of Shaw or Condola Rashad, enjoy witty but lengthy discussions on faith, devotion and religious politics,

Don't see it if you don't like lengthy, talky shows, have no interest in Joan of Arc or the religious and political arguments of the time or male power

Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you have never seen this classic work. The production is excellent.

Don't see it if you mind not understanding the central character. She uses an accent that often makes her incomprehensible.

Great acting, Great writing, Misfire w/ no flame, smoke or spark

See it if Shaw's spin on Jeanne d'Arc with supporting star wattage. Angelic visions, voices, and heresy. Climatic burning scene is unseen offstage.

Don't see it if No flame, no smoke, and certainly no spark. Three long hrs. Black female lead briefly shackled. Two hrs in trial begins and picks up.Misfire

Hosed by ny times & others, well-done production of gb shaw's provocative play

See it if Shaw brilliantly illustrates conflict btwn individual conscience & smothering state, religious forces.; solid cast including Rashad/Joan

Don't see it if efforts 2 add levity showing instit'l characters as dunces overdone, gimmicky end; set weak; Rashad does not have charisma of great Joans

Also As some have pointed out, this play does not attempt to be an accurate... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging, Slow

See it if you want to see something different from what in the other theaters. The story of Saint Joan.

Don't see it if A moments it is slow, if you have a problem with hearing about the word GOD.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if you’re a Tony Awards completist (having to see every nominated performance) or are interested in Joan of Arc.

Don't see it if you can’t sit through nearly three hours with a somewhat arrogant character at the center. This show made me dislike Joan of Arc.

Humorous, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Good production

See it if you're interested in Joan of Arc and the interplay between everyone vs the powerful church. Rashad & cast are glorious. Interesting epilogue

Don't see it if you are interested in complex sets/a strictly fact based telling of Joan. This play takes liberties and adds much humor to the telling.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to watch a stellar cast perform a very relevant complex and beautifully written show. You love historically based shows ! Condola *

Don't see it if You can’t sit through a nearly 3 hour show which is more talk than action. You have no interest in the saga of Joan of Arc. But great play !

Confusing, Disappointing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Overrated

See it if You really love GB Shaw.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span and want to have great entertainment

Shavian, Great acting, directing, staging, Listenable, Humorus, Told a good yarn

See it if GBShaw, great acting, listening to excellent wordplay, humor, dialectics, presenting more than one side of an issue are in your wheelhouse

Don't see it if you abhor listening, have no interest in historical perspectives, your butt becomes numb after 45 minutes pass, you cannot abide irony

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you love great acting.The supporting cast is mind blowingly good.Rashad is brilliant, as always.It's long and dense, but well worth it.

Don't see it if you like silly shows & hate plays that are beautifully written, acted and designed.This is the best version of St Joan that I have seen

Great acting, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy to see great acting performances. Exciting casting choices paired with the classic story.

Don't see it if you want something new and refreshing. This is the classic story of Joan of Arc which we're all familiar with already. Play is slow at times

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Refreshing

See it if Condola Rashad tore my guts out in the trial scene. And then made me laugh aloud in the epilogue. It’s Shaw - what’s not to like?

Don't see it if See above. But if you’re gonna be picky, I guess it was a bit talky.

Great acting, Slow, Interesting story

See it if you are a fan of the actors, or of Joan of Arc and don't mind period pieces with long elaborate dialog.

Don't see it if you prefer a modern or fast-paced play or are not particularly interested in this story.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Dated, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy an excellent staging of a classic story; great ensamble of actors and Rashad is a standout

Don't see it if you dislike long plays or want a more modern story

Thought-provoking, Uneven tone and irregular pacing, Excellent ensemble, Semi-dated writing, Ambitious

See it if a fan of any of the actors; you like a dense (but not incomprehensible) play that questions the role of church and state, or want to think.

Don't see it if you dislike historical inaccuracy; expect a serious-minded portrait of Joan of Arc; will mind a finale that feels out of sync with the rest.

Also Saint Joan is certainly ambitious: the martyr-saint’s life is used not... Read more Read less

Confusing, Good production, Ambitious, Disappointing, Lack of subtlety

See it if you are interested in historical dramas, good production values and acting and plays about religious debate and 15h century social upheaval.

Don't see it if you dislike confusing and tedious arguments about religion, stereo typed characterizations, a lot of yelling and lack of nuance.

Great acting, Slow, Overrated

See it if Like Shaw but gave not seen this before.

Don't see it if Not a great Shaw play that really doesn't go anywhere.


See it if seeing Daniel Sunjata on stage (unfortunately fully-clothed) interest you.

Don't see it if you are expecting Shakespeare because Shaw is a completely different horse of a another color.

Also I'm a huge Condola Rashad fan. Also, I love me some Daniel Sunjata. In... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Enchanting / very stylized, Absorbing, Beautiful set, Some great acting

See it if you're a fan of either Shaw or Joan of Arc's story. Some great acting: moving, intense, & sometimes humorous. Never felt like 2 & 1/2 hrs.

Don't see it if you can't pay attention to stylized dialogue, accents & long monologues. 100yrs later, it's still a magnificent talk-fest, w/little action.

Also Condola is good, but it's the supporting cast that slays.... Read more Read less

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

See it if You are a fan of Shaw's plays or would like to refresh your knowledge of the story of Joan of Arc. The ensemble cast does an excellent job.

Don't see it if Historical dramas are not of interest to you. It is enjoyable to watch so many talented actors give great performances.

April 25th, 2018
"Although it’s a relief to experience a phlegmatic instead of a violent Joan, it’s also a perplexity because the choice robs her of psychology. A hero and genius she may be, but somehow also inert...Still, when the play reaches its tragic sixth scene all that withholding pays off...If the product...
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April 25th, 2018
"Shaw’s urbane determination to give every man his say shifts the play’s focus from its central girl for long stretches of prolix philosophical and legal badinage; Daniel Sullivan’s baggy, plainly designed revival is nearly three hours long and feels it, right up to Shaw’s quirky and deflating co...
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April 25th, 2018
"A sentimental, flattening approach that renders Joan dead in the water before she ever reaches the Sullivan’s positively inert revival...Shaw’s a tricky playwright—cantankerous and proudly verbose—but he’s also a ferocious wit...But if your first experience of Shaw or his Joan is Sulli...
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April 25th, 2018
"Even when done well, 'Saint Joan' is a slog. And since MTC's revival isn't done very well, it's even more of a slog than usual...Rashad certainly possesses the necessary physical presence...But she never quite gets a handle on the role...Shaw's play is more academic than dramatic, largely consis...
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