Saint Joan (Broadway)
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Saint Joan (Broadway)
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Saint Joan (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(341 Reviews)
Positive
70%
Mixed
23%
Negative
7%
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.

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962 Reviews | 338 Followers
75
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 Read more

878 Reviews | 218 Followers
66
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.

713 Reviews | 119 Followers
73
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.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
87
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.] Read more

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
77
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

657 Reviews | 147 Followers
79
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

593 Reviews | 264 Followers
79
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 Read more

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
76
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

Critic Reviews (53)

The New York Times
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 production as a whole made up for the diminished dramatics with ample attention to its intellectual grandeur, it might even have seemed bracingly modern. Instead it just seems modest."
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Time Out New York
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 coda. Despite a capable cast...'Saint Joan' doesn’t rise to meet the contemporary energy of youthful protest with which it coincides. It flickers with intelligence but doesn’t burn."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 25th, 2018

"A sentimental, flattening approach that renders Joan dead in the water before she ever reaches the fire...in 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 Sullivan’s tepid production and its disappointingly soft starring turn by Rashad, you could be forgiven for writing this vigorous play and its fascinating playwright off as a collective bore."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 consisting of indigestibly windy philosophical debates and monologues...In this visually monotonous, static production, you come away feeling that the dialogue would be much better read than heard."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 25th, 2018

"The 1923 vintage of Shaw’s play hardly shows its age in Pask’s staging or in the loose, slightly winky direction. But color-blind casting and the occasional 20th-century colloquialism feel mostly like modern window-dressing on a story that’s been marinating in the collective psyche for more than half a millennium. And the drawing-room comedy bits don’t do much to build a real emotional investment in Joan or her cause...It delivers the saint and the symbol."
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Variety
April 25th, 2018

"Smart, stylish, and engaging...Rashad steps into the starring role in a blaze of glory and claims it as her own...Shaw never goes for the didactic slam-dunk, even when the angels are on his side. Instead he revels in the complexity of issues, motives and agendas in a dialectic that’s weighty even as it crackles with wit...In a handsome production, Sullivan deftly directs his first-class, deep-bench cast with subtle shadings of doubt and wonder."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 26th, 2018

"Condola Rashad is one of the most charismatic actors on the New York stage, but...she is by no means a classical actor. Her voice is neither resonant enough nor sufficiently varied in tonal color to allow her to speak Shaw’s etched dialogue compellingly...While I wish that Mr. Sullivan’s baldly straightforward production were more theatrically daring, the play comes through with bright clarity and makes, as always, a thought-provoking impression."
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Deadline
April 25th, 2018

"Directed by Daniel Sullivan with an easy flow that appears to modernize the 1923 play and keep all that Shavian verbiage moving at a smart clip...Rashad’s Joan seems to have the peace of confidence. Still, I wouldn’t have minded a bit more fury before the fire...All is forgiven onstage (and for the most part, off) by the long play’s final scene, when Shaw reassembles even his dead characters 25 years after Joan’s burning, in a playful, ghosty, dreamy encounter of reconciliation."
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