Already closed | 2h 0m | Midtown W

Slave Play (Broadway)

From 396 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 (396)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing
81
Avg Score

During previews
85
Epic, Must see, Intelligent, Clever, Ambitious

See it if I wanted to love this play more than anything but it fights you every step of the way. It's a play to make you think, and in this a success

Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged, don't want to think, don't want to be made uncomfortable​.

Also There are so many brilliant things about this play-- the staging and t... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Modern, Relevant, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a modern discussion of race and how history effects even loving relationships.

Don't see it if you're easily offended by sex, uncomfortable discussions of race.

During previews
68
Indulgent, Way too long, Ambitious, Uncomfortable, Provocative

See it if you want theater to challenge you. I appreciated this more than I liked it. Great acting and some brilliant moments but didn't work for me.

Don't see it if Over 2 hours w/out an intermission is way too long--all 3 acts could be cut. If you are disturbed by graphic sex and violence.

Also This was an audacious piece of theater that made me think and I apprec... Read more Read less

During previews
89
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in race and relationships and the issues between mixed-race couples.

Don't see it if the subject of sex is too much.

During previews
78
Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want to see a very "woke" play that dives deep into race, interracial relationships, and sex. The cast is fantastic.

Don't see it if you do not want to see a VERY sexual show, with nudity, racist language, and whipping. It can be difficult to follow at times.

During previews
90
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you are willing to have your idea of what theater can be challenged and are open to frank discussions of race

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with talk of sex or race or want a traditional evening at the theater.

During previews
72
Intelligent, Unique, Challenging, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a provocative story about interracial relations that makes you think but doesn't always keep you entertained.

Don't see it if you want something more lighthearted or entertaining. While there are moments of humor, this is a complex, thought-provoking story.

During previews
86
Relevant, Funny, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you can't handle disturbing plays. This will challenge you on every level. Terrific cast handles a complex script and issues full tilt.

Don't see it if you can't sit for 2 hours, upset by graphic material, or not willing to engage. It's RAW. A lot is going on but it's not always clear.

During previews
79
Relevant, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a thought-provoking show about race and sexuality, or want new, innovative and clever theater with strong acting.

Don't see it if You don’t like the to see simulated sex, need a straightforward play, or want a lot of elaborate sets.

During previews
77
Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Dizzying

See it if It's a confrontational, absurdist and wildly creative exploration of racism. Very funny, elaborately staged, and deeply considered.

Don't see it if it's way too long. the sex is very explicit. it's not quite as smart as it thinks & its reduction of racism as sexual is myopic.

During previews
60
Ambitious, Too long, Confusing, Raunchy, Slow

See it if you feel the need to. Needless to say, the acting was good.

Don't see it if you cannot sit through a show over 2 hours without an intermission!

During previews
80
Ambitious, Intense, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if A promising work from a new playwright. Addresses race & sexuality in a frank and unsettling way. Uncomfortably funny, yet insightful.

Don't see it if The play is a bit self indulgent and at times tries too hard to be shocking.

During previews
88
Relevant, Must see, Intelligent, Intense, Edgy

See it if you want to see truly original perspective on core themes of dominance/submission, gender and race and be captivated by acting & production.

Don't see it if You might find simulated sexuality of various kinds unpleasant, won't like the bifurcated structure of the play -depicts and then analyzes.

Also This was one of the most surprising,interesting and provocative experi... Read more Read less

During previews
96
Profound, Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Dizzying

See it if you like challenging theater and are ready for a visceral punch in the gut. You Work, Process, and Exorcise. RUN, see it, THINK!

Don't see it if can't be shocked and deal with our internalized ancestral history of the raping master/slave. The show is aggressive, sexual, psychological

During previews
72
Unfocused, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you like challenging work about race & sexual politics. I found some interesting ideas were undercut by cartoonish characterizations.

Don't see it if nudity, race issues & simulated sex are turn-offs. If in-your-face arguments about sex & race aren't your thing, this isn't for you.

During previews
95
Resonant, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want to experience a fantastic new piece! Hard topics, challenging ideas, hilarious and raw approach. O'Hara+O'Harris=excellence!

Don't see it if you are offended by extreme sexual content and language. lots of racial slurs are used, too (it's basically the point)

During previews
81
Profound, Masterful, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you want to think and are ready to be provoked. this is not for the casual theater go-er. Brilliantly written and acted & an important work

Don't see it if you want to be entertained. this play makes you uncomfortable. Well worth it for the thoughtful person.

During previews
87
Hilarious, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if looking for edge

Don't see it if you suspect something called "Slave Play" is not for you. Duh!

Also The first part is totally hilarious; the second, a group scene, suffer... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Raunchy, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you’re ready to experience raw, gut-punching & fantastic theatre on an astoundingly challenging level.

Don't see it if you’re turned-off by conversations about power, race equity, trauma, or simulated acts of sex.

During previews
80
Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a bold play about race and don’t mind sexual content

Don't see it if You’ve seen Fairview and hold a similar expectation

Also It’s a good play, the form reminded me of Fairview, however this one i... Read more Read less

During previews
54
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Edgy, Funny

See it if You like plays about interracial couples dealing with related issues and don't mind raunchy scenes and dialogue.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in the subject matter or are offended by racial slurs and in-your-face satirical commentary about interracial couples.

Also This is an outrageous, blunt, and contemporary commentary on how we vi... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Edgy, Great acting, Raunchy, Ambitious

See it if Like shows about race, interracial relationships, portrayals of slavery. Like shows with a complete twist of a story between the 2 acts.

Don't see it if You can't sit still for 2 hours. Want something uplifting. Dont like shows with nudity, simulated sex. Want a show with a clear message

Also This show didnt resonate with me. I really didnt feel a connection or ... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent, Great direction, Great acting

See it if you like to be challenged at the theatre.

Don't see it if you're closed-minded and want escapism.

During previews
81
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Want moving dialogue that makes u uncomfortable but resonates. Black,White,Gay,Str8, Male, Female it is relatable.

Don't see it if U r uncomfortable with everyday underlying racism and fetishes relating to minority suppression.

During previews
88
Fabulous acting, goes by fast

See it if you want to see some incredible acting. You want a 2 hour play that seems like it is only half so long

Don't see it if you don't want to see a great ensemble,you don't want an early peek at some Tony nominations


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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