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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

91
Profound, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You're game AND open-minded for a provocative, brilliant and astonishing theater experience! Terrific ensemble cast!

Don't see it if You're looking for a traditional theater experience and are easily offended. Not for the thin-skinned!

51
Great acting, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you don't mind having an important subject trivialized or if you don't mind swimming through a ridiculous premise to get to some good acting

Don't see it if are hopeful that there will be a revelation of some kind.

Also There are some strong performances nestled in the midst of a very anno... Read more Read less

75
Edgy, Refreshing, Overrated, Raunchy, Great acting

See it if and now for something completely different... good to have a new queer voice represented on Broadway. this is a good start.

Don't see it if you've heard the play is AMAZING bc it isn't that; it is edgy and fresh and has some good ideas but the middle scene is WAY TOO LONG.

90
Edgy, Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in a ground-breaking, twisty show which explores race relations in this country

Don't see it if you would be upset by obscenities or if you don't want to think, now or ever, about race and sexual relations

80
Original, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like original plays with provocative takes on race and interpersonal relations

Don't see it if you're easily scandalized by nudity or if you can't conceive of interracial relationships

87
Profound, Intelligent, Confusing

See it if It’s certainly a show you’ll think about in the week after seeing it.

Don't see it if There is sufficient sex and nudity to go round here.

88
Intense, Edgy, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the subject of slavery and race relations. You like plays about important societal issues.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with graphic sexual situations, or a serious subject. You want something more lighthearted.

85
Great acting, Raunchy, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You want to look at the way slavery is baked into the American experience (even in loving relationships) and want to consider what next?

Don't see it if You are offended by volatile human conflict, full male nudity and sexual situations, or explosive themes.

64
Not sure what i was watching, Slow, Raunchy, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if you want to take it off your list of plays to see. I wasnt sure what was going on at first. Didnt get the play until half way thru it

Don't see it if you have a problem seeing types of slavery depicted on stage

79
Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you appreciate great actors who take brave risks. The show explores controversial topics and aims to be thought-provoking.

Don't see it if you'll be traumatized by depictions of slavery and racism. The subject can be upsetting, and it won't be new to many viewers.

50
Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated, Quirky, Cliched

See it if you want to see a show that will make you have a reaction, whether it be love or hate. Also, if you like less traditional forms of theater.

Don't see it if you don't care for gimmick plays. While the premise has merit, the execution fails. The play is long and continues to hit the same point.

Also There's a reason there is no intermission, that being a fair amount of... Read more Read less

70
Relevant, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you can stand confrontation about race relations and are genuinely interested .

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with a play that gets up in your face and makes you think.

Also I found all the Yale jokes tiresome. I get it, the whole cast went to ... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Intense, Entertaining, Edgy, Clever

See it if you like new & interesting plays this 1certainly had a twist It is not what u think it is, but is very entertaining.

Don't see it if you are easily offended, and not open minded. Are not willing to take a chance on new things.

80
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you want to see something unlike anything else on Broadway.

Don't see it if you can't check your privilege or have prudish sensibilities.

100
Great writing, Must see, Edgy, Great acting, Clever

See it if Raunchy, provocative theatre that will make you really think. also laugh at times.

Don't see it if you are a kid, otherwise GO. its okay to be uncomfortable. Go see this show.

95
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you want an original, powerful, rule-breaking, astonishing exploration of the impact of race on contemporary relationships

Don't see it if You want a light evening. This play leaves the audience challenged and unsettled

Also Simply brilliant. Powerful and fresh examination of race. Somehow, whi... Read more Read less

93
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if We were very surprised by the plot. A very timely play. Well done.

Don't see it if If you don’t like to think at the theater. If you like light-hearted theater, skip this play.

55
Insipid, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy plays that are outside the box and complex

Don't see it if critic bait and plays that are outrageous just to be outrageous entertain you

Also I enjoy complex and thought provoking pieces but this was too outside ... Read more Read less

86
Intense, Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting, Funny

See it if Laugh out loud funny, provocative, thought provoking.

Don't see it if Deals with American racial issues. Very sexual content. The middle section was too long.

75
Disappointing, Great acting, Overwritten, Wordy, Intelligent

See it if you're not triggered by unrelenting rape-iness and can sit 2 hours without needing a bathroom

Don't see it if you object to explicit onstage naked kink, or hate spending the second & third acts of a play thinking "Yeah, this needs some serious cuts."

Also I had a lot of doubts about this one, but the NYT rave and a cheap tic... Read more Read less

78
Great acting, Unsettling, Daring, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like shows talking about racial issues in an innovative way

Don't see it if You mind graphic scenes

90
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see some boundary pushing Theatre dealing with race.

Don't see it if You can’t handle anything about race and power.

90
This play left me breathless

See it if This is the type of play that you keep thinking about and interpreting. The staging is great. The play keeps taking unexpected turns.

Don't see it if you are offended by strong sexual innuendo.

93
Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You should really seen this if you care about race relations.

Don't see it if You don't care for a modern take on love.

93
Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You like plays that make you wonder what is happening, make you uncomfortable, have frank discussion about race, relationships, & sex.

Don't see it if violent and/or sexual situations will trigger, you are looking for a family friendly show

Also This show takes an extremely out there premise, and really delves into... 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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