The Piano Lesson (Broadway)
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The Piano Lesson (Broadway)
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The Piano Lesson (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(298 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
7%
Negative
2%
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Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Thought-provoking

A Broadway revival starring Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks, and John David Washington.

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Member Reviews (298)

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913 Reviews | 929 Followers
69
Long, Meandering, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if Top notch performances! some solid scenes.

Don't see it if Lots of scenes that don't make an absorbing whole. Very confusing ex-machina ending. Disappointing.

888 Reviews | 1017 Followers
68
Slow, Overly long, Great writing, Great acting, Overrated

See it if Excellent performances from the entire cast. Very well written w/ natural dialog. Nice set. Overall a polished well done revival.

Don't see it if While I enjoyed the story, it felt long w/ some unnecessary scenes. The ending/conclusion felt abrupt & ultimately wasn't satisfying.

1015 Reviews | 420 Followers
91
Must see, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to be moved…swept away with amazing writing and expert acting from all involved. Phenomenal set design and costumes add to the joy.

Don't see it if You’re looking for lighthearted fluffy mindless fare. This ain’t that. This has meaning on so many levels it’s extraordinary!

650 Reviews | 284 Followers
92
A wilson great chronicler of u.s. black experience, Superb production of one of a wilson's best plays

See it if oracular & filled w humor in relating how 1936 blk family deals w legacy of slavery; incredible ensemble w S Jackson J Washington D Brooks

Don't see it if can't tolerate 3 hr production; find Washington's performance to be relentlessly over-the-top; think "spooky ending" is contrived Read more

655 Reviews | 129 Followers
90
At time slow, Long, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Like August Wilson or want to see something different, with a excellent cast.

Don't see it if Long Show with one intermission and slow at time, not fast pace. Read more

635 Reviews | 237 Followers
84
Long, Great acting, Great writing, Classic, Absorbing

See it if You love Wilson plays — this is one of his best, despite a good, but not stellar production.

Don't see it if You’ve seen good productions of this play before and don’t need to see it again.

505 Reviews | 729 Followers
78
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Long

See it if you’re an August Wilson completist, you enjoy period pieces, or like family dramas.

Don't see it if you’ll have a hard time sitting in a theatre seat for three hours listening to an annoying, long-winded character talk nonstop.

520 Reviews | 107 Followers
84
Off the wall ending, Great set, Great staging

See it if You are interested in a family drama. It’s very easy to follow until the end.

Don't see it if You will be bothered by a weird over the top and confusing ending Read more

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
October 13th, 2022

"Despite Wilson’s eloquent writing, 'The Piano Lesson,' at nearly three hours, drags on. The repetitive dialogue...evokes a nagging sensation of déjà vu."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 13th, 2022

"It’s a play about the possibilities of the present that are cut off when other demands, like those of the past, make themselves known."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 13th, 2022

"There’s no doubt that The Piano Lesson is a ghost story...It’s those spirits of Black men that are believed to be responsible for the series of well accidents."
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Entertainment Weekly
October 14th, 2022

"Richardson Jackson clearly knows how to direct actors and pulls magic out of her cast, creating a production worthy of August Wilson's legacy. "
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Variety
October 13th, 2022

"The play’s characters are so individually well-formed and collectively solid that their voices have a way of lingering in the mind, and Wilson’s language is dramatic lyricism of a very high order."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 13th, 2022

"I suspect the production will find a more sustained and smooth groove as the run proceeds. But, in any case, a major revival of a play by Wilson—as great a playwright as America has produced—is a notable theatrical occasion in itself."
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Deadline
October 13th, 2022

"Before your eyes can settle on any one room of the house, it’s all over, and so, within moments, is the play, bringing a hasty and unsatisfying conclusion to an otherwise well-paced and top-notch production."
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New York Theatre Guide
October 13th, 2022

"Wilson’s works sometimes take on mystical dimensions. 'The Piano Lesson' eventually leads to a supernatural confrontation that creeps close to being fright-night over-the-top."
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