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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
72
Edgy, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if your ready for some interesting ideas presented in a different and possible confusing way.

Don't see it if you are not interested in talking about race or rational tensions

During previews
96
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Edgy, Fearless

See it if if you have an open mind and courage to face the darkest aspects of racism in America. If you appreciate great writing and acting.

Don't see it if sexuality makes you uncomfortable. Or if you think theater = entertainment.

Also No, Broadway is SO not ready for Slave Play. And it’s a good thing: it... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Riveting, Provocative, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Thought Provoking, at times uncomfortable, and deeply layered show about race and racial inequality within relationships. You should see it

Don't see it if If sexuality, nudity, race issues, relationship issues are topics you are unable to handle in a play. But even then, you should see it

Also Possibly one of the best pieces of writing I have seen on stage in a l... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Uncomfortable, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if Are open to experiencing some very intense scenes that will surely push some buttons. It’s an interesting journey.

Don't see it if Are not willing to be uncomfortable. It’s a thought provoking play, but you have to be willing to go to some dark places.

During previews
82
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in a startling look at inner racial relationships in a complex and unique way.

Don't see it if you are easily offended and don't what to see simulated sex or nudity on stage.

During previews
97
Horrifying, Hilarious, Inventive, Disorienting, Ambitious

See it if you want an in-your-face discussion of race, and the dynamics of race in sexual-romantic relationships. The best-written play I've seen.

Don't see it if you'll be uncomfortable watching frank depictions of kinky sex, play-acted and real racial dynamics, and sex that is ambiguously consensual.

During previews
85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the play that put Mr. Harris on the map - and are open to new fresh thinking on a potentially difficult subject.

Don't see it if Nudity, extreme sexual situations and raw language offend you - or if you can't hold your attention for an intermissionless 2 hours or so.

Also There is so much to unpack in this absorbing, surprisingly funny and p... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Clever, Overrated, Intense, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if you wanna see what the fuzz is about; in an interracial relationship with a white partner or as the white partner; just wanna stage nudity

Don't see it if you don't like story with intense racial tension; or that's too long etc.

Also second act is too long and can use some tightening-up; the play is sma... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Must see, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoyed Fairview, love shows that comment on the dynamics of race in America, or appreciate uncomfortable theater.

Don't see it if you prefer something lighthearted, less thought-provoking, or are uncomfortable with nudity, rape, or conversations about race relations.

Also Every aspect of this show is so well made, detailed, and intended with... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Funny, Immediate, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you inspired by artists taking the most significant issues of our time and finding insightful, entertaining, and jaw dropping theatricality

Don't see it if You think racism doesn't exist and are a prude.

Also One of the bravest & best realized plays ABOUT SOMETHING ever on Broad... Read more Read less

During previews
94
Riveting, Raunchy, Profound

See it if You are deeply engaged in our current discourse about racial politics, especially as they arise in the context of very personal relationship

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with sexual imagery and terminology being represented/discussed very explicitly

During previews
80
Provocative, Indulgent, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like serious underlying themes with your comedy. These characters & racial situations are challenging, provocative & uncomfortable.

Don't see it if you’re too impatient to sit for over 2 hours without a break. The play is well acted & staged but too long & the second part needs trimming.

Also “Slave Play” by Jeremy O. Harris is an engaging, provocative & funny n... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like plays that are original, intriguing and help you see the world around you from a different perspective.

Don't see it if You're not interested in understanding viewpoints different from your own.

Also We thoroughly enjoyed this show. It's the kind of truly original work ... Read more Read less

During previews
88
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like plays that make you think about race, and the trauma slavery has left on the lives of millions of African Americans in the US.

Don't see it if If you don't like to be made uncomfortable by nudity, and sex on the stage, orr by the exploration of probing questions about race.

During previews
76
Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound

See it if Looking fr something different and not easily offended.

Don't see it if You Want a basic play, an easy story or dont want to think and evolve

During previews
90
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you like a serious drama that will also make you laugh out loud.

Don't see it if exploration of racial interactions makes you uncomfortable. Oh, to hell with it. See it anyway. Hysterical!!!!

During previews
82
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Intense, Great acting

See it if You want to explore interracial relationship dynamics and the deep-rooted racism in them

Don't see it if You're white, it's too ahead of it's time right now for mainstream audience to "get it." It's not supposed to be funny for white audiences

During previews
85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You're looking for a play that pushes buttons and boundries in a smart and creative manner.

Don't see it if Talks of Race, sex, and simulated sexual violence are triggering to you. It is a tough and honest play to watch

During previews
77
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You like mentally challenging theater.

Don't see it if You don’t like creative theater.

During previews
92
Thought-provoking, Must see, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see the must-see show of the season, you want to have important and necessary conversations about race

Don't see it if You want something commercial or easy to digest. There's a lot to process here. Be ready to do that work.

During previews
90
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy being challenged and believe an evening in the theater should have a wow factor

Don't see it if you don't want to think

Also An amazing evening in the theater. I know this is not for everyone. It... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Thought-provoking, Must see, Intelligent, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if Ur interested in seeing a well-written, provocative satire on race, interracial relationships and sexuality

Don't see it if If ur not interested in thinking about race, sex and interracial relationships in new, thought-provoking ways

During previews
98
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you are ready to question basic assumptions on human interactions. It's a masterful play on how race and sex are intertwined.

Don't see it if you are not willing to feel uncomfortable with situations and dialogues that challenge common assumptions and behaviors.

During previews
43
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You’re interested in heavy sexual content with no relevance to the title. or you enjoy non traditional plays.

Don't see it if You are bothered my plays that focus on heterosexual as well as gay sexual relationships. Non musical and confused story. Title no relevanc

During previews
90
Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see, Profound

See it if You want to see theatre that challenges the audience, gives voices to the silenced, while still being funny and human.

Don't see it if You don't want to see something that will make you feel uncomfortable.


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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