Slave Play (Broadway)
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Slave Play (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(397 Reviews)
Positive
87%
Mixed
12%
Negative
1%
Members say
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

About the Show

After a hit run Off-Broadway, Jeremy O. Harris's new play comes to Broadway. This provocative work aims to rip apart history to shed new light on the nexus of race, gender, and sexuality in 21st century America.

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76
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if While I didn’t connect personally, I did enjoy this complex and deep piece. Not for everyone, but raw, ambitious and a thinker. Great sound.

Don't see it if Sexual play about slavery makes you uncomfortable.

87
Hilarious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if want to see trendy play, see how one playwright depicts racial issues in unexpected way, learn what it means to want to be listened to

Don't see it if don't like depictions of sex & nudity, sex games that may involve domination or abuse, don't like humorous psychobabble, inner reflection

Critic Reviews (27)

The New York Times
October 6th, 2019

"CRITIC’S PICK "Four Times as Big and Just as Searing: Jeremy O. Harris’s Off Broadway hit about race and sex in America shakes things up on Broadway."
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Time Out New York
October 6th, 2019

"Brash, smart and gleefully confrontational, this is the kind of show that starts arguments. It keeps you off balance; even afterward, you may feel staggered."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 6th, 2019

"'Slave Play' Nearly Demands a Conversation. So We Had One."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 6th, 2019

"A must-see hit downtown last winter, Jeremy O. Harris' audacious dissection of race, sexuality, power and the scars of historical trauma moves to Broadway."
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Entertainment Weekly
October 7th, 2019

Grade B+ "'Slave Play' offers provocation, no easy answers in Broadway debut"
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Variety
October 6th, 2019

"Jeremy O. Harris’ gleefully shocking comedy about race and sex transfers to Broadway."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 7th, 2019

"‘Whitesplaining’ in the Bedroom After a much lauded off-Broadway run, Jeremy O. Harris’s play about sex and race moves to the Great White Way"
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The Observer
October 7th, 2019

"This is a young person's play: overwritten, easily distracted, a bit glib, more concerned with effects than showing a complex journey to truth."
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Deadline
October 6th, 2019

"Who Says Broadway Isn’t Ready For Jeremy O. Harris?"
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The Washington Post
October 6th, 2019

"‘Slave Play’ is a funny, scalding, walk along the boundary between black and white in America"
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Chicago Tribune
October 6th, 2019

"‘Slave Play’ on Broadway mixes race and sex and is as challenging as you’ve heard"
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New York Post
October 6th, 2019

2/4 Stars "Broadway’s most thoughtful mess"
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New York Daily News
October 6th, 2019

"‘Slave Play’ is a frank, challenging drama on race and sex"
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NY1
October 6th, 2019

"It's a shocker alright, and provocatively compelling, many would say. And while I'm happy to see new works by young playwrights challenge the status quo, especially when performed so brilliantly as 'Slave Play' is...this one is dramatically quite a mess. Provocative? Yes. An intriguing premise? Yes. Important theatre? No, at least not yet."
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Theatermania
October 6th, 2019

"Seeing the Oppressor in Your White Lover's Eyes in 'Slave Play': Jeremy O. Harris's explosive downtown hit comes to Broadway."
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BroadwayWorld
October 6th, 2019

"Jeremy O. Harris' Bold and Dynamic 'SLAVE PLAY' Moves To Broadway"
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Talkin' Broadway
October 6th, 2019

"An altogether exceptional work, a standout among many that have addressed the racial divide in America."
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New York Stage Review
October 6th, 2019

4/5 Stars "'Down on the Ol' Plantation, on 45th Street': Jeremy O. Harris hits Broadway with an explosive examination of race, sexuality and more"
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New York Stage Review
October 6th, 2019

4/5 Stars "'Provocative, Poetic, and Disquieting': Jeremy O. Harris' phenomenally daring, disruptive drama is the polar opposite of theatrical comfort food"
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Theater News Online
October 6th, 2019

"Fine performances and a fleet staging can't counteract the more tedious parts of this work."
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Broadway News
October 6th, 2019

"‘Slave Play’ questions more than it answers"
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Theatre is Easy
October 7th, 2019

"If you're looking for deep investigation, you won't find it in 'Slave Play.' The problem is that Harris takes what might be an interesting premise (I'm still not sold) and gives it the glib, here's-a-lot-of-jargon-aren't-I-smart treatment."
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CurtainUp
October 6th, 2019

"Jeremy O. Harris's uncompromising, graphic, sexually explicit play. . . Without singling any of the actors out, they all appear totally immersed in their roles. All perform their purposefully offensive caricatured roles with comedic brilliance. In the second act, we see them as they are, as real people, amusingly."
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T
October 6th, 2019

"Under Robert O'Hara's exquisite and deeply sensitive direction, the entire cast share believable and authentic performances that challenge all the norms defining eroticism and the erotic, particularly in the discussion of sexuality in 'mixed' couples...Not for the hard of heart, the heard of 'hearing,' or the weak in spirit."
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New York Theater
October 11th, 2019

"It would be unfair to sum up 'Slave Play' as soft-core S&M porn followed by pseudo psychological insights about race in American - because it's other things as well…theatricality….sharp satire…. identifying real-life undercurrents both in race relations and in couple dynamics."
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C
October 6th, 2019

"'Slave Play' makes a kind of history of its own, boldly bringing Broadway into unfamiliar waters! Bravo!"
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Theatre's Leiter Side
October 10th, 2019

"'Slave Play' is…verbose, its characters more symbols than people, its dramatic tension secondary to its theoretical pyrotechnics, and, given its content, its intermissionless two hours too damned long."
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