Saint Joan (Broadway)
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Saint Joan (Broadway)

Saint Joan (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(341 Reviews)
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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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251 Reviews | 26 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Epic

See it if you want to see Condola Rashad bring Joan to life and make her believable and engaging

Don't see it if you don't like dramas that last nearly 3 hours

279 Reviews | 63 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Epic

See it if you want to see near perfection in all aspects - acting, staging, lighting

Don't see it if you can't sit through a three hour show or are expecting lighthearted fare

136 Reviews | 24 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Masterful

See it if You love Shaw, you enjoy plays about ideas, you favor script over staging

Don't see it if you're looking for a lot of plot to move the story along, you don't like minimalist staging

155 Reviews | 35 Followers
Absorbing, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if This Shaw play has not lost its punch and stands on its own today. C. Rashad is brilliant as Joan and the ensemble cast is outstanding.

Don't see it if you are not into three hour plays that are intense and wordy. Read more

73 Reviews | 9 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like big but tasteful Broadway productions. If you like Bernard Shaw. If you like deep themes.

Don't see it if you are into musical and comedies, can't stand long thoughtful monologues Read more

106 Reviews | 29 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like historical drama

Don't see it if Great writing with a little fake news turns you off Read more

311 Reviews | 45 Followers
Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You admire Shaw's work and, even if you've seen the show before, you appreciate brilliant acting.

Don't see it if You prefer to remember it as you saw it last.

52 Reviews | 8 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Condola Rashad is a force! A powerhouse! The show is wonderful ... strangely contemporary and beautifully styled!

Don't see it if No reason not to see it! Wonderful!

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 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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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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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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