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Slave Play (Broadway)

From 387 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 (387)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

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

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

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.

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

60
Thought-provoking, Pretentious, Overrated, Tedious, Bold

See it if you want to be challenged & perhaps made to feel uncomfortable during a provocative show about race relations. It's certainly bold.

Don't see it if you're looking for something buoyant or straightforward. I found most of this play a chore to sit through. Not fun. It also needs trimming.

Also For the record, I LIKE provocative shows & I was looking forward to st... Read more Read less

65
Raunchy, Excruciating, Disappointing, Funny

See it if You want to explore black/white relationships. At times the show was funny.

Don't see it if The therapists were exceedingly annoying and are why I gave a low rating to this show.

50
Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in the history of race relations and want a very different approach to the subject.

Don't see it if you are offended by gratuitous nudity and onstage depiction of sex, or triggered by (or just don't want to see) sexual aggression.

Also The simplification of complex issues left me depressed. I wouldn't cal... Read more Read less

69
Overrated, Cliched, Indulgent, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You want to see the new trendy play all the celebrities are talking about. Acting is good, provocative script, with cliched characters.

Don't see it if Nudity, strong, sexual situations.. Becomes tedious and longwinded..no intermission.

Also There is some humor in the play, but most farcical, with deliberate sh... Read more Read less

51
Great acting, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you don't mind having an important subject trivialized or if you don't mind swimming through a ridiculous premise to get to some good acting

Don't see it if are hopeful that there will be a revelation of some kind.

Also There are some strong performances nestled in the midst of a very anno... Read more Read less

64
Not sure what i was watching, Slow, Raunchy, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if you want to take it off your list of plays to see. I wasnt sure what was going on at first. Didnt get the play until half way thru it

Don't see it if you have a problem seeing types of slavery depicted on stage

50
Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated, Quirky, Cliched

See it if you want to see a show that will make you have a reaction, whether it be love or hate. Also, if you like less traditional forms of theater.

Don't see it if you don't care for gimmick plays. While the premise has merit, the execution fails. The play is long and continues to hit the same point.

Also There's a reason there is no intermission, that being a fair amount of... Read more Read less

55
Insipid, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy plays that are outside the box and complex

Don't see it if critic bait and plays that are outrageous just to be outrageous entertain you

Also I enjoy complex and thought provoking pieces but this was too outside ... Read more Read less

60
Excruciating, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if Interested in Self-styled edgy, shocking, and racial themes

Don't see it if Designed to shock, felt it more like a saturday night live skit

61
Ambitious, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy conflicting emotions. Yes, it is provocative, but a disappointment overall with its ponderous intellectualising.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy cruelty and a negative view of the potential of human relationships.

60
Overrated, Raunchy, Indulgent, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a show on Broadway that normally never shows up above 14th Street. Plus, Jeremy O. Harris has talent and something to say.

Don't see it if You expect something well-written and daring that deserves to be on Broadway. What a crashing disappointment. This Emperor has NO CLOTHES.

65
Disappointing, Confusing, Intense, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if Great acting. You like a script that leaves most issues unresolved. You don't care about anything other than seeing nudity.

Don't see it if Offended by total nudity. You desire a modicum of coherence. NOT recommended for those under 18 as the themes definitely include "adult"

Also In theory this play purports to explore race, and does set the stage t... Read more Read less

69
Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Clever, Daring

See it if you want to be challenged by difficult and sensitive social issues - you are drawn to bold and unique theater

Don't see it if you are offended by explicit sexual language and acts - you tend to be uncomfortable with the important subject of race relations

Also It is intentional that there isn't much information about the play. Be... Read more Read less

59
Misses the mark, Indulgent, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you want to see what all the fuss is about, but be prepared to be bored.

Don't see it if you want any real insight into interracial relationships.

Also A lot of potential here, but the playwright undercuts it with an overl... Read more Read less

50
Long, Resonant, Overrated, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You’re interested in the sexual lives of interracial couples. Or want to see something designed to make you uncomfortable.

Don't see it if You’re easily offended by nudity, sexual themes, or rape play.

Also The show was way too long, much over two hours. I suspect an intermiss... Read more Read less

69
Absorbing, Entertaining, Edgy, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy nudity, especially penis.

Don't see it if you are expecting a traditional play. Expect something different and new.

50
Slow, Confusing, Didn't like it, Disappointing

See it if See if you want to see Broadway's most hyped and talked about show this season.

Don't see it if Don't see if you're uncomfortable with nudity and racially charged language.

Also This show doesn't know if it wants to be a comedy or a drama. Unfortun... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You want to start a conversation about race but know nothing

Don't see it if Confusing and it should have stayed off broadway

62
Intense, Epic, Edgy, Confusing

See it if If you are into intense cerebral mind play and thought provoking shock and awe.

Don't see it if If you are squeamish, don't like nudity and are homophobic, this is not the show for you.

65
Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You appreciate long, drawn-out scenes of role play followed by long, drawn-out scenes of “therapy.”

Don't see it if You want a quick paced, intelligent, and timely discussion of the role of race in relationships.


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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