Already closed | 2h 0m | Midtown W

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)


Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing
Avg Score

Overrated, Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are looking for a different viewpoint of race, gender, and sexuality.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show which reenacts sexual acts from 200 years ago which then confusingly leads into a group therapy session.

In-your-face, Clever, Mirror-holding, Resonant, Truth-speaking

See it if you like plays that possibly change your way of thinking.

Don't see it if you struggle to grasp satire and metaphors.

Riveting, Resonant, Profound, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like plays that make you think. Can maintain an open mind with the subject matter. Great acting and compelling.

Don't see it if It's difficult to get through the first 20 minutes due to it's graphic nature but stick it out, it's got relevant themes worth pondering

Overrated, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if If you enjoy provocative plays about racial inequality.

Don't see it if Don't see if you're easily shocked by graphic sex. Plat is way too long.

Overall worthwhile, Sometimes tedious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You like original plays that make you think; if you have the necessary patience; if you like strange territory.

Don't see it if You are offended by simulated sex acts - but if so, please work at getting over it.

Excruciating, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if Interested in Self-styled edgy, shocking, and racial themes

Don't see it if Designed to shock, felt it more like a saturday night live skit

Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intense, Clever, Absorbing

See it if It's a great play and thought provoking..

Don't see it if do not want to see a good play..

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Intense, Confusing

See it if you want to see experimental theatre and a fresh take on sexual/race relations.

Don't see it if its extremely sexual explicit and pushes a lot of boundaries. the whole show needs a trigger warning so be prepared if youre more sensitive

Riveting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You want to see something that is not a typical midtown show. It makes you think, feel, and respond in ways I have never experienced before.

Don't see it if You want a show that makes you feel comfortable and escape from the realties of the world.

Disappointing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if dissecting interracial couples issues is appealing.

Don't see it if You are expecting a serious, thought-provoking work on race and race relations. Or if you are offended by sex & nudity.

Surprising, Great writing, Clever, Insightful, Bold

See it if You appreciate fresh original story telling. Thought proking, funny, serious, shocking, crude. Just see it.

Don't see it if You're in the mood for traditional theatre (I'm not sure what that means anymore) or are not comfortable with sexual role play and nudity.

Also Best not to know too much about the plot before seeing this play excep... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You are open to seeing a play that explores racial issues in an extremely provocative way, but also with humor.

Don't see it if You only like very traditional comedies that aren't intense or challenging.

Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like different, edgy, trend-bucking plays

Don't see it if don't like nudity, depiction of sexual acts

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Your interested in non traditional theater with creative storytelling.

Don't see it if Your uncomfortable w/ queer themes and slightly indulgent thrmes.

Intense, Profound, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are open minded and ready to have deep and difficult conversations about race and sex. This is dense and that's what makes it great.

Don't see it if you want a light-hearted night out at the theater. This is often times graphic and should not be something you take your visiting parents to

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Must see, Great writing

See it if You are comfortable pushing and questioning your belief system and the status quo. Very intense. Very thought provoking ...

Don't see it if There is nudity and a rape scene. Do not see if you can’t question yourself and be open to new ideas

Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you want to be challenged by an original voice and don't mind being presented with uncomfortable, thought-provoking situations and ideas

Don't see it if you want to see a plays that's light and fluffy. While often funny, this show is not an easy night at the theater.

Ambitious, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy conflicting emotions. Yes, it is provocative, but a disappointment overall with its ponderous intellectualising.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy cruelty and a negative view of the potential of human relationships.

Riveting, Must see, Intense, Epic, Edgy

See it if You're looking for a provocative and relevant play.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with being uncomfortable.

Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if See it if you are interested in a modern take on sexual relationships between races and genders with a heavy American historic reference

Don't see it if You aren't interested in explorations in sexuality with an historical reference and are not interested in nudity or overt sexual acts

Also This play surprised me as I was expecting something less explicit and ... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You like a play that will make you think more than it will make you feel.

Don't see it if you are squeamish about sex or don't like being uncomfortable.

Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Intense, Clever

See it if you want to think about sex, power dynamics, race, and complicity.

Don't see it if you are squeamish or need your characters to be flawless.

Also Needed about 10 minutes of line edits to tighten the script and keep t... Read more Read less

Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to explore taboo topics. The script is shocking and jaw-dropping. The conversation on stage is important and timely.

Don't see it if nudity and sexual themes make you uncomfortable.

Intense, Relevant, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you like your brain tweaked and want to know what all the fuss is about

Don't see it if explicit sex/nudity and/or racial situations w/possibly upsetting language turn you off

Relevant, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy cutting edge theatre, with themes about race, relationships, and mental health.

Don't see it if You prefer feel-good theatre. This play will challenge your mind, your heart, and your beliefs.

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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