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Slave Play (Broadway)
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Slave Play (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(397 Reviews)
Positive
87%
Mixed
12%
Negative
1%
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.

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Member Reviews (397)

90
Resonant, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to be challenged as a viewer. I am still thinking it over in my head days later. Amazing acting onstage, but very intense

Don't see it if Topics and depictions of racial aggression are triggering. This show will make you uncomfortable. But if you are triggered by this, don't go

85
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a very funny, sexy play about institutionalized racism.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with explicit sex - it only goes only for a few minutes AND I'd say everyone should see this show, so it's worth it.

Critic Reviews (27)

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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October 7th, 2019

Grade B+ "'Slave Play' offers provocation, no easy answers in Broadway debut"
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October 6th, 2019

"Jeremy O. Harris’ gleefully shocking comedy about race and sex transfers to Broadway."
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October 7th, 2019

"‘Whitesplaining’ in the Bedroom After a much lauded off-Broadway run, Jeremy O. Harris’s play about sex and race moves to the Great White Way"
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October 7th, 2019

"This is a young person's play: overwritten, easily distracted, a bit glib, more concerned with effects than showing a complex journey to truth."
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October 6th, 2019

"Who Says Broadway Isn’t Ready For Jeremy O. Harris?"
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October 6th, 2019

"‘Slave Play’ is a funny, scalding, walk along the boundary between black and white in America"
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October 6th, 2019

"‘Slave Play’ on Broadway mixes race and sex and is as challenging as you’ve heard"
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October 6th, 2019

2/4 Stars "Broadway’s most thoughtful mess"
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October 6th, 2019

"‘Slave Play’ is a frank, challenging drama on race and sex"
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October 6th, 2019

"It's a shocker alright, and provocatively compelling, many would say. And while I'm happy to see new works by young playwrights challenge the status quo, especially when performed so brilliantly as 'Slave Play' is...this one is dramatically quite a mess. Provocative? Yes. An intriguing premise? Yes. Important theatre? No, at least not yet."
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October 6th, 2019

"Seeing the Oppressor in Your White Lover's Eyes in 'Slave Play': Jeremy O. Harris's explosive downtown hit comes to Broadway."
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October 6th, 2019

"Jeremy O. Harris' Bold and Dynamic 'SLAVE PLAY' Moves To Broadway"
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October 6th, 2019

"An altogether exceptional work, a standout among many that have addressed the racial divide in America."
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October 6th, 2019

4/5 Stars "'Down on the Ol' Plantation, on 45th Street': Jeremy O. Harris hits Broadway with an explosive examination of race, sexuality and more"
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October 6th, 2019

4/5 Stars "'Provocative, Poetic, and Disquieting': Jeremy O. Harris' phenomenally daring, disruptive drama is the polar opposite of theatrical comfort food"
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October 6th, 2019

"Fine performances and a fleet staging can't counteract the more tedious parts of this work."
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October 6th, 2019

"‘Slave Play’ questions more than it answers"
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October 7th, 2019

"If you're looking for deep investigation, you won't find it in 'Slave Play.' The problem is that Harris takes what might be an interesting premise (I'm still not sold) and gives it the glib, here's-a-lot-of-jargon-aren't-I-smart treatment."
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October 6th, 2019

"Jeremy O. Harris's uncompromising, graphic, sexually explicit play. . . Without singling any of the actors out, they all appear totally immersed in their roles. All perform their purposefully offensive caricatured roles with comedic brilliance. In the second act, we see them as they are, as real people, amusingly."
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October 6th, 2019

"Under Robert O'Hara's exquisite and deeply sensitive direction, the entire cast share believable and authentic performances that challenge all the norms defining eroticism and the erotic, particularly in the discussion of sexuality in 'mixed' couples...Not for the hard of heart, the heard of 'hearing,' or the weak in spirit."
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October 11th, 2019

"It would be unfair to sum up 'Slave Play' as soft-core S&M porn followed by pseudo psychological insights about race in American - because it's other things as well…theatricality….sharp satire…. identifying real-life undercurrents both in race relations and in couple dynamics."
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October 6th, 2019

"'Slave Play' makes a kind of history of its own, boldly bringing Broadway into unfamiliar waters! Bravo!"
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October 10th, 2019

"'Slave Play' is…verbose, its characters more symbols than people, its dramatic tension secondary to its theoretical pyrotechnics, and, given its content, its intermissionless two hours too damned long."
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