Soft NYC Reviews and Tickets

(30 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking

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

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134 Reviews | 18 Followers
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to emotionally moved. Donja R Love continues to be the most moving and profound playwright.

Don't see it if you don't want your world view or the status quo to be challenged.

257 Reviews | 81 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Powerful, Masterful

See it if You enjoy an emotional and physical powerhouse of a play. Donja R Love’s work taps into our history and present day experiences treasured

Don't see it if The beauty of black and Latino lives and their joys and suffering is of no interest to you.

669 Reviews | 385 Followers
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.

137 Reviews | 23 Followers
Masterful, Intense, Riveting, Relevant, Must see

See it if You want to be moved by a powerful and profound piece of theatre! Like releveant shows regarding the pre-school to prison pipeline, and race

Don't see it if You don't like new works, shows dealing with current social/political/racial issues, don't like interactive theatre. Read more

1061 Reviews | 310 Followers
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.

530 Reviews | 155 Followers
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.

560 Reviews | 138 Followers
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

316 Reviews | 61 Followers
Intense, Great staging, Disappointing, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if Talk about “Giving Someone Their Flowers 💐 “ before they are gone. If you choose to see this play, you’ll know why. Overall, in spite of

Don't see it if Being another “Black Plight” aka “White Guilt” play, it was pretty good- mostly. I’ve seen other plays by Donja Love; he is consistent in Read more

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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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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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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