Soft NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(28 Reviews)
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82%
Mixed
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Negative
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Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

A teacher navigates his students' reactions when the unthinkable happens.

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796 Reviews | 217 Followers
92
Relevant, Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like exposure to the difficulties of Black and Brown youth, correctional systems, education and those working there to help them.

Don't see it if you shy away from real world conditions & don't want to think about how to improve our society. I would have scored 100 if I could hear all.

741 Reviews | 123 Followers
70
Unresolved, Great staging, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you're interested in education & teen issues. The details of classroom management and school politics are marvelously observed.

Don't see it if you find plots that depend on surprise coincidences unsatisfactory.

497 Reviews | 103 Followers
69
Great until it turned into a soap opera, Great acting

See it if you want to get a real inside look of what it’s like for young people in a correctional school.

Don't see it if You will be bothered by really bad writing for the last 20 minutes of the play. Read more

463 Reviews | 128 Followers
90
Riveting, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy dramas with an all African American cast and playwright. Serious and painful plays intrigue you.

Don't see it if You can’t sit through a heart-wrenching drama. You don’t like plays that employ extremely raw language.

456 Reviews | 127 Followers
88
Troubling, Thought-provoking, Great cast, Unflinching, Powerful

See it if U haven't developed definition of "Soft", yearn 4 eye-opener, witness excellent ensemble work, never experienced detention existence

Don't see it if can't feel uncomfortable, don't care about social problems, have ever asked "why can't we all get along?", anything of "color" bothers U

383 Reviews | 201 Followers
100
Great writing, Masterful, Profound, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if A theatrical & creative event during this season. Playwright Donja R Love has written another masterpiece. Bravo Bravo Bravo!

Don't see it if If watching a serious drama on the African-American/ Latino male experience is uncomfortable or not of interest, then skip this one.

420 Reviews | 61 Followers
85
For colored boys who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf

See it if How do Black boys, who society shoves down, dance with their moments of escape from the world in a juvenile detention? The rainbow isnt enuf

Don't see it if Suicide, queer / Black / Latinx, growing up in poverty traumas; N word, aren’t your thing. 1.5 hours; no intermission. Read more

418 Reviews | 46 Followers
81
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if well acted play of now focusing on relationships.

Don't see it if want a big story instead of personal stories and relationships.

Critic Reviews (7)

The New York Times
June 10th, 2022

"Love doesn’t lean on such grandiose statements here, but he powerfully conveys a paradoxical modern malaise — a sense of unsupervised supervision, where it feels we’re both left to our own devices and under someone’s watchful eye. His 'Soft' is a lovely encouragement to let our guards down, and leave the hardness to our hardships themselves."
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Theatermania
June 9th, 2022

"This play held me by the throat the entire time. The topics that Love explores during the play — homophobia, suicide, HIV, Mr. Isaiah's extended lesson on the N-word, to name a few — benefit from his exquisitely well-honed dialogue. But between those big issues and the large cast of characters, he does only some of them justice — perhaps the source of questions for another play."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 16th, 2022

An explosive drama wrapped in an envelope of transcendence…There are things in soft that don't always work, but this is one of the most consistently absorbing -- and, at times, dismaying -- new works to open this spring.
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Talkin' Broadway
June 9th, 2022

"Other than the plethora of flowers that are integral to the production, there is nothing remotely soft about 'Soft,' Donja R. Love's hard-hitting play about a group of students at a correctional boarding school, and their English teacher who strives against all odds to get them to drop their tough exteriors and expose their battered and vulnerable hearts, minds and souls."
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Front Row Center
June 10th, 2022

"In 'soft,' playwright Donja R. Love explores compelling themes of loss, anger and remembrance. His characters throw punches out of frustration. Most of all, they fear being forgotten. Throughout we watch the dis-integration of a teacher who starts out trying to make a difference, but keeps butting into the twin obstacles of rage and despair. The question is: will his be a portrait of inevitable failure?"
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The Wrap
June 9th, 2022

"At its core, 'Soft' is a meditation on masculinity and why a young man like Kevin couldn’t survive the hard culture engulfing him. Kevin is that kind of character that disappears early in a play but is the one everyone talks about until the end."
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New York Theatre Guide
June 9th, 2022

"Ultimately, 'soft' betrays itself by overly focusing on the dark instead of the light. There are no real moments of compassion and caring until the last few minutes of the play, but by that point, that hardness had formed a crust, and it’s too late for that bit of humanity and light to peek through. Yet 'soft' is a poignant play that, with some more care and time, can grow into something beautiful."
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