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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
65
Cliched, Confusing, Funny, Intense, Overrated

See it if You like plays where there are no real characters, just pawn pieces to showcase the author's agenda and softcore porn. Funny slave roleplay.

Don't see it if You're for interrarial coupling, you don't like nudity or softcore porn on stage, you don't like race plays where there's no real story.

During previews
90
Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see the best play I’ve seen in years :)

Don't see it if sexual content and discussions about race bother you. This play dives in deep to uncomfortable topics

Also This is really a great, although slightly long, play about sex, relati... Read more Read less

During previews
81
Thought-provoking, Funny, Clever

See it if you want to witness great acting but also understanding painful past and present day relationships.

Don't see it if you are not comfortable with stimulated sex scenes and nudity...

During previews
79
Ambitious, Funny, Intense, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to be provoked (in a good way). It jumps deep into racial issues with no filter, and is designed to make you uncomfortable.

Don't see it if you are triggered by sexually and racially explicit content. You're squeamish or easily offended.

Also This is worth seeing. It's part of the cultural conversation for a rea... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Must see, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if You are tired of tennessee williams or Arthur miller revivals every season

Don't see it if you are a total prude

During previews
93
Great acting, Edgy

See it if Acting is Hard Work! The actors in this provocative play provide the proof. Watch Annie McNamara...expecially at the curtain call.

Don't see it if Nudity and explicit sexual activity offends.

Also Annie McNamara's performance is one of the best I've seen...comparable... Read more Read less

During previews
81
Profound, Absorbing, Speechless, Interesting

See it if I had no idea what what going to happen in the production, and even though, I read what the premise was about, I was taken for a loop.

Don't see it if Touchy subject matter. Not what one would expect.

During previews
100
Resonant, Intense, Must see, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the most important “American” play ever written

Don't see it if you are trying to hide from yourself or the conversations around race and American identity that are necessary to our time.

Also Jeremy O. Harris has dug right to the core of what “America” is and th... Read more Read less

During previews
87
Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You are open minded and want to see a play that is provocative, creative and approach sex (as normal as day light) in a relationship.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see on the stage full nudity, same sex relationship and sex simulations. Not appropriate for audiences under 18 years old.

Also Slave Play talk a lot about the modern way racism still present in our... Read more Read less

During previews
59
Edgy, Funny, Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You want to engage in a discourse about how race and power intersect in relationships. If you like edgy, fragmented, tonally ambitious work

Don't see it if Arguments and characters aren't really developed. Play is lopsided and sort of reductive with a few illuminating or provocative insights.

During previews
50
Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if extravagant language, nudity, sarcastic (sophomoric?) humor exert a certain appeal and the acting is certainly good

Don't see it if you're not into pretentiously edgy, glib plays that are not as provocative as you might be led to believe

During previews
75
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you’re ready for challenging, funny theater that shakes up your preconceptions about...race, sex and love.

Don't see it if you’re not into nudity and simulated sex.

During previews
98
Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You’re in the mood to be stunned and can handle graphic and explicit sexual displays. If you’re looking to expand and look deeply at hard to

Don't see it if You want a feel good night at the Theater. If you can’t handle vulgarity and graphic sexual displays

During previews
79
Disappointing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Interesting premise. Great acting and setting. Great first act.

Don't see it if I felt it got lost in the second act, which went on way too long and it didn't recover in the third act.

During previews
97
Resonant, Intense, Clever, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if You want to see something relevant and thought provoking! It’s jarring in a good way-stays with you. Incredible theater that makes you think

Don't see it if You like old standard plays and don’t have an open mind.

During previews
90
Raunchy, Resonant, Great staging, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you like dark humor, plays about race relations, and shock and awe. Laugh out loud funny and constantly surprising.

Don't see it if you're prudish, squeamish, averse to sexual situations, or unsettling plays about the intersections of race, sex, and gender.

During previews
90
Raunchy, Hilarious, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if Great ensemble, great directing, great take on a truly daunting subject matter.

Don't see it if You don't like sex, topical plays on race relations, aggressive theater.

During previews
91
Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like theater that isn't worried about making you comfortable, and that isn't afraid to be entertaining while pushing boundaries

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with sexual situations on stage, nudity, cursing

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

See it if you're a person who wants a play to challenge and question the status quo while simultaneously offering shimmering entertainment.

Don't see it if you're racist and don't want to admit it.

During previews
90
Great writing, Great staging, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if It deals BRILLIANTLY with current vital issues, such as race relations, contemporary therapy & sex, in innovative ways & at all levels.

Don't see it if Don’t go, if theater to you means “Entertainment Only”! This IS absolutely entertaining, but it also requires an open mind & thought.

During previews
76
Must see, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Absorbing

See it if The show is intense. If you like very charged psychological drama and are unafraid to face issues of racism and sex, you will enjoy it.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you are: uncomfortable with interracial sex/relationships, if you are homophobic or racist, if you like warm, fuzzy shows.


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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