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Slave Play (Broadway)

From 390 member  reviews
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. More…

From the show:

The Old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation - in the breeze, in the cotton fields...and in the crack of the whip. It's an antebellum fever-dream, where fear and desire entwine in the looming shadow of the Master's House. Jim trembles as Kaneisha handles melons in the cottage, Alana perspires in time with the plucking of Phillip's fiddle in the boudoir, while Dustin cowers at the heel of Gary's big, black boot in the barn. Nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems.

2h 0m | Already closed | The John Golden Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (390)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing
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Avg Score

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

75
Funny, Quirky, Clever, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if seeing a high concept experimental piece expanded from a great small production to a mechanized Broadway show seems interesting.

Don't see it if you require clarity with your dramatics. Some of the ideas come across very well and some do not.

86
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if Visceral and incisive dominance on and in the"plantation".Difficult, desperate times call for power plays for inter-race couples getting on.

Don't see it if An accomplished enough work (and improved from its downtown mounting) to have to rely on gimmicky shock value to tell its tale.

73
Original, Overrated, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy think pieces. This will put your mind at work. It’s performed well & the new actress playing Kaneisha is an improvement from NYTW.

Don't see it if you are turned off by depictions of sex on stage, or sitting through an hour-plus therapy session doesn’t sound appealing to you.

0
Disgusting

See it if You want to see a play that deals with couples counseling between interracial couples

Don't see it if You will be bothered with eight repulsive and unlikable characters

Also I’ve scored over 400 plays on show score. I take this very seriously a... Read more Read less

69
Depressing, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you believe that the races can never get past the effects of slavery.Bottom line is that blacks&whites can't relate fully without racism.

Don't see it if are tired of gratuitous nudity.What really upset me was that I believe that we should work toward being color blind.Play says its impossible

83
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you’re white. We can’t fully grasp the violence our very presence can be to those still suffering at the hands of our race, but we must try.

Don't see it if you’re gonna be a Broadway Becky about it like the girl at the talkback posted to Twitter. She is a perfect example why we need this show.

75
Unnecessarily sexual, Shocking, Edgy, Overly-long, disjointed, unevenly-paced, Thought-provoking-yet-strange

See it if you want to learn what all the hype is about regarding this surprising, unpredictable, and sometimes weirdly-alluring play.

Don't see it if uncomfortable with (homo)sexuality, nudity; themes of racism, slavery. If expecting a 19th-century pre-Civil War drama, look elsewhere.

Also Though provocative and engaging, Slave Play still left me cold. The ex... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking

See it if 4 Black/White couples explore how institution of slavery/racism negatively impacts their romantic relationships, esp. sex lives.

Don't see it if Less controversial than hyped. Plays with pros and cons of leftist ideas (feeling "seen," triggers/ microaggressions, making space, etc.).

Also Diversity: half the cast is Black (4 interracial couples). One gay men... Read more Read less

70
Over the top acting, Confusing, Provocative, Intense

See it if you want to know what the hype is about. It's definitely different form your "typical" play and sure to promote conversation

Don't see it if you want something light & entertaining and don't want to be challenged. Also if uncomfortable with nudity/sexual situations on stage

Also Without giving too much away, I found some of the performances uneven.... Read more Read less

75
Current and bold, Shocking & challenging, Antebellum sexual performance therapy, Relationships and race, Provacative and thought provoking

See it if Like being challenged in the theatre. Value serious discussions of race, relationships, therapy, privilege, and sex.

Don't see it if Are avoidant of bold theatre that embraces conflict, nudity, racial tension, relationship angst.

80
Intense, Edgy, Great writing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a show that deals with an intense subject.

Don't see it if you don't like edgy play and feel uncomfortable with sex on stage.

94
Riveting, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Fascinating and challenging... mirrors are there for a reason.

Don't see it if Intense and uncomfortable...these are not negatives.

81
Absorbing, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in the ways we attempt to understand & heal racial injustice. We fail.

Don't see it if You prefer something uplifting

82
Unusual & strange, Daring, brave acting & dialogue, Exhausting, Provocative, Edgy

See it if you are up for a rather unusual, contrived yet affecting & disquieting story about race & sex with uncomfortable laughing & biting truths

Don't see it if Bold , bare, uncensored dialogue would upset you. Lots of cruel, painful imagery, nudity & violent interactions are included and satirized.

Also Very strange, bold & unusual show. Enormous, mirrored set reflects the... Read more Read less

93
Relevant, Great acting, Racy, Provocative, Satire

See it if It’s so many adjectives, but, necessary. It starts off SO funny 😆 and sexual, than act 2, takes a turn, but, makes sense with Act 1, then

Don't see it if Act 3 summarizes a couple of the characters lives. I can see where people were confused 🤷🏽‍♂️ and it is a smidge over 2 hours, without an

Also Intermission, which seems deliberate: 1) people may walk out, because ... Read more Read less

68
Disappointing, Entertaining, Cliched, Banal, Ambitious

See it if Expertly constructed, elicts wide range of drama to comedy, wonderfully talented cast

Don't see it if To paraphrase an actual line "This all feels like bullshit" permeated my thoughts for final 2/3rds of the play

45
Excruciating, Edgy, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if You like experimental theatre whose only goal is to shock you and upset you.

Don't see it if I would not recommend seeing it.

Also First of all, Slave Play was way too long without an intermission. It ... Read more Read less

50
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a clever idea.

Don't see it if It's hard to describe without giving anything away but a clever plot is ruined with a truly awful opening, messy pacing and confused themes.

60
Relevant, Quirky, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if You like cringiness with flashes of cleverness.

Don't see it if You blush, crying or squirm easily. Or if you’re with your grandmother.

80
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like thought provoking theatre and interesting views on race and sexuality.

Don't see it if You are easily offended or not willing to consider multiple opinions on race and society.

69
Raunchy, Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy, Confusing

See it if you want boundaries pushed. Not sure which boundaries, the show was confusing, only the homosexual couple's convo seemed believable.

Don't see it if you are triggered by discussions of therapy, sex, interracial relationships, you want a musical, comedy, or a light evening

95
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if After seeing it previously at NYTW, I will say this production surpasses what blew me away Off Bway. The current version is perfection!

Don't see it if You aren’t up for some raw, exhilarating, jaw dropping action going on at Golden! This play is an absolute must see! Better than Off Bway!

80
Fascinating

See it if You want to see a new play that delves into race, sex, and power.

Don't see it if You want some lite and fluffy.

Also Interesting thoughts on how race and power play into sex and attractio... Read more Read less


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