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)


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

During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Masterful, Must see

See it if you like socially relevant and important works that push the boundaries of what American theater can and should be

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with issues or race, sexuality, or graphic content and language

During previews
Upsetting, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if you like edgy theatre, plays that explore the topic of race, shows that evoke discussion, or don’t mind feeling uncomfortable at the theatre

Don't see it if you’re looking for a pleasant evening out, or are triggered by nudity, extreme sexual situations, or strong language

Also This was not fun to sit through, which is not to say it wasn’t enjoyab... Read more Read less

During previews
Great direction, Challenging, Disturbing but entertaining, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you enjoy plays that make your mind work hard while keeping you engrossed throughout. Good laughs & many disturbing ideas worth exploring.

Don't see it if you can't sit for 2 hrs 10 min without an intermission and are afraid to confront racial and sexual issues in our society.

During previews
Intelligent, Provocative, Ambitious

See it if You’re open to dialogue about race. I heard an audience member say as she was leaving , “It was funny and then it wasn’t “.

Don't see it if You are opposed to nudity on stage, or discussion about race.

Also I didn’t know what to expect going into the show. I liked more than I ... Read more Read less

During previews
Edgy, Raunchy, Profound, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy stories about race in the 21st century and if you are open to the struggles of others

Don't see it if you are easily offended or think vivid sex scenes should not be shown on stage

During previews
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Excruciating, Clever

See it if you are interested in an exploration of the effect of slavery on the relationships between races in contemporary America.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy a lot of strong language and nudity.

Also I found this play (at over 2 hours with no intermission) difficult to ... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you are intrigued by the hypothesis offered here: it is an interesting concept. Makes you think; and has some really fine acting.

Don't see it if nudity and simulated sexual acts offend you. You can't sit for more than 2 hours without a loo break.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Overrated, Funny, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you like thought provoking topical shows about race & gender roles and can appreciate the use of humor to shine a light on dramatic tension.

Don't see it if you are offended by nudity & simulated sex & a too long play that overstays its welcome with no intermission and a muddled message.

During previews
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to know what all the hype is about.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit for a one act, over two hour show that will confuse you at times.

During previews
Intense, Intelligent, Hilarious, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you like to see a bold, thought-provoking show on broadway about the relationships between minority and social segregation.

Don't see it if you have an issue with on-stage nudity and sexual scenes

During previews
Great writing, Edgy, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want a thought-provoking provocative look at sexual domination as it is played out in various couples of various orientations, bold show

Don't see it if you are triggered by the slavery content. You want to fall in love with the characters. There is a great distancing effect, a play of ideas

During previews
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You are open minded and can let things develop over time.

Don't see it if You want the plot to start right out of the gate or you are offended by frank discussions and depictions of sex.

Also It wasn't what I thought it was going to be but that isn't necessarily... Read more Read less

During previews
Resonant, Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like exciting emerging playwrights, incredible acting, attention grabbing staging, of-the-moment cultural dialogues on race & sex

Don't see it if 2hrs/no intermission, graphic sex onstage, sensitive psychological issues, deliberate stereotypes trigger you. Stay tuned--it's "a process"

During previews
Interesting, good acting, somewhat confusing

See it if Very good acting Poignant interactions You like heavy, non traditional role play

Don't see it if Dialogue is sometimes confusing, as the actors themselves state Not for the puritanical, sexual violence

During previews
Way too fuckin long, Excruciating, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You are up for some nice moments of scathing tense dialogue and knee slapping hilarity mixed with good ole racism.

Don't see it if You don’t want to sit through two hours of intermission less trigger baiting.

Also Lots of things to think about in this play but I don’t know, I don’t l... Read more Read less

During previews
Refreshing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You want a thought-provoking, beautifully staged and acted production and you're not afraid to dig into uncomfortable emotions and thoughts

Don't see it if Racial slurs, nudity, violence, and/or rape are upsetting; if you're close minded about race in USA; if you're with family (it gets awkward)

During previews
Great acting, Epic, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if A wild impassioned ride into forces of desire, violence, and institutional racism directed with wit by O'Hara, performed by kick ass cast

Don't see it if If intense sexual material is triggering, this may be difficult for you

During previews
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy, Funny, Ambitious

See it if Anyone looking for interesting subject matter and a unique concept that makes you think.

Don't see it if This play is definitely for mature audiences and not for people looking for a light evening at the theatre.

Also I’ll have to admit, I’m slightly biased when it comes to the subject m... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you want to experience a raw, highly original, provocative examination of the impact of the legacy of racism on the subconscious.

Don't see it if if you don't want to deal with these difficult and complex issues

During previews
Overrated, Indulgent, Edgy, Ambitious, Dated

See it if like "hot" plays with ambitious topics; trust professional reviews (including Sara Holdren, who, normally I completely agree with)

Don't see it if don't want overlong play; seems in severe need of edits. Like a bloated Underground Railroad Game - which provided much better theater

During previews

See it if You are engaged by challenging plays on provocative themes.

Don't see it if You are offended by sexual content and situations.

Also Wonderful direction and some stunning, honest performances.

During previews
Great acting, Edgy, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if You're open to exploring controversial issues about race, history, and sex.

Don't see it if You're looking for fluff. This is not a light-hearted piece, but it raises important issues.

During previews
Profound, Sticky - it will sit with you a long time, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to be challenged about what is theatre, play, relationship, reality, history, narrative... just about everything.

Don't see it if reenactment of enslavement and/or of various types of sexual encounters, both consensual and perhaps otherwise are triggering to you

Also While I give this play the rare 100 rating, that does not mean that I ... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Intense, Great acting, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if able to sit 2 hrs w/o intermission. Open to conversations/visuals that will make U uncomfortable. Attentive listener. Not Easily Triggered.

Don't see it if You are an AMERICAN in denial of racism.

During previews
Orginal, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like to leave the theatre thinking and discussing what you have just seen.

Don't see it if you are squeamish about sex on stage or don't want to think about race and power - both in the past and in the present.

Also This is a provocative play about the endurance that the ante-bellum So... 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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