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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

65
Raunchy, Excruciating, Disappointing, Funny

See it if You want to explore black/white relationships. At times the show was funny.

Don't see it if The therapists were exceedingly annoying and are why I gave a low rating to this show.

70
Too long, Uneven, Thought-provoking, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy thought-provoking, provocative dramas that touch on important issues related to sexuality, race, and power in relationships.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with (homo)sexuality themes, nudity, slavery, farcical attempts at relationship therapy, and racial issues.

Also This is an ambitious attempt to raise awareness of thought-provoking i... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Well done terrific acting graffic sex something you will think about. Edgy and provocative gross at times and funny New York theater at its

Don't see it if Tough theater upsetting .if you want a relaxing evening of theater this is not it.

75
Overrated, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You are curious about the impact of race on sexual relationships

Don't see it if You are easily offended by nudity and sexual acts on stage

Also Second act was a bit long...full of some "psycobabble" that might occu... Read more Read less

80
But please change the name, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious, Excruciating

See it if You like edgy, thought-provoking "dare to go there" (the name I would give this play) theatrical piece.

Don't see it if You don't like provocative, shocking theatre with nudity and relationship conflict.

Also I really enjoyed this play for daring to go there to explore modern bi... Read more Read less

89
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

See it if you are interested in relationships and the exploration of the human dynamics and how they play out in romantic relationships.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with graphic portrayal of hetero and homosexual activities , especially one with fetish overtones.

Also First you need to know, despite the title and the initial 3 scenes, th... Read more Read less

89
Provocative, Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want to see an interesting, well written play dealing with themes of interracial couples, sex, and history of slavery; like plot twists.

Don't see it if you don't like plays dealing with racial themes, frank racial & sexual language, sexual scenes and imagery. Some slow & talky scenes.

90
Thought-provoking, Must see, Intelligent, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You like thought provoking theater that also entertains.

Don't see it if You don’t want a show that addresses race in America from the point of view of a person of color.

50
Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in the history of race relations and want a very different approach to the subject.

Don't see it if you are offended by gratuitous nudity and onstage depiction of sex, or triggered by (or just don't want to see) sexual aggression.

Also The simplification of complex issues left me depressed. I wouldn't cal... Read more Read less

86
Great staging, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if One of the most ambitious plays in theater right now. It confronts the tangle of racial and sexual trauma at the core of the American psyche

Don't see it if The play opens up real traumas. One of the women I saw this with sobbed for the second half of the play, & we each left emotionally drained.

69
Overrated, Cliched, Indulgent, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You want to see the new trendy play all the celebrities are talking about. Acting is good, provocative script, with cliched characters.

Don't see it if Nudity, strong, sexual situations.. Becomes tedious and longwinded..no intermission.

Also There is some humor in the play, but most farcical, with deliberate sh... Read more Read less

82
Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want a play that pushes boundaries about race and sex.

Don't see it if You want pure entertainment and don't want to be pushed.

Also I was impressed that play was able to treat sex and race in a mature, ... Read more Read less

85
Compelling

See it if You want play that may push your buttons and level of comfort.

Don't see it if You want to be entertained and not challenged.

Also Wonderful ensemble. Extremely interesting script. Runs a bit too long,... Read more Read less

82
Edgy, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an interesting premise on how the history of slavery affects interracial relationships

Don't see it if you expect light entertainment.

80
Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Edgy, Clever

See it if You can handle tough situations and human nature to argue, listen, love....

Don't see it if Aggressive behavior and racial bias bother you.

85
Must see, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Excellent provocative show

Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged

80
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in really challenging theatre, and art that will make you profoundly uncomfortable.

Don't see it if you're not looking to listen, or want a calm/relaxed/entertaining night at the theatre.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if You want to see a play that will entertain and push you to think past your comfort level.

Don't see it if You want to turn your brain off and enjoy.

Also I was amused, I was annoyed, I was fascinated, I was puzzled. And I ap... Read more Read less

80
Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in the work of James O. Harris , open to self exploration, speaking about race and gender and you're not easily offended.

Don't see it if you are easily offended, you are able to see for 2 hours without an intermission. I like how therapist were portrayed.

95
Intense, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to be challenged. This is a powerful, thought-provoking, brilliantly written play that will leave you with a lot to discuss.

Don't see it if the idea of watching a sex scene onstage makes you uncomfortable.

80
Intelligent, Intense, Refreshing, Resonant, Compelling

See it if To see a provocative new work that looks at race,gender,relationships and sex in a unique way by a very promising new American playwright.

Don't see it if You don’t like any of the topics above, don’t like profanity, sexual innuendo, simulated sex acts, don’t like to listen to comprehend show.

Also “Slave Play” is a a highly provocative, richly-layered play about race... Read more Read less

90
Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like a storyline that is relevant but strangely writing and presented...very very different

Don't see it if You do not like different...you only want a straight and simple show

85
Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a paly that should provoke a conversation or at least make you think about how you examine sex.

Don't see it if You want entertainment only.

Also Well done, smart, and funny. A little bit too long, but still solid.

82
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you're ok with nudity , sexually explicit material & want to delve more in racial understanding . Want to hear a remarkable script.

Don't see it if you have sexual inhibitions , can’t tolerate nudity , you don’t get racial discourse. Doesn’t matter that it’s a great script .

89
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see something different that deals with controversial issues such as race, homosexuality, slavery, etc.

Don't see it if you're easily offended by nudity, depiction of homosexuality and slavery on stage. The playwright does a lot to add shock value.


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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