Already closed | 1h 30m | East Village

A Soldier's Play

From 28 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Riveting

About the show

Negro Ensemble Company remounts their production of  Charles Fuller's 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama set at a segregated Louisiana Army base during World War II. More…

A black Captain is sent to investigate the murder of a black Sergeant. At first it seems he was killed by the local KKK. But when the true murderers are discovered, surprising and unsettling divisions among the black troops are revealed. Evocative of Herman Melville's "Billy Budd," the play uses a murder mystery to expose African-American anger and resentment that curiously mimic white racist attitudes. 

1h 30m | Already closed | Gene Frankel Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (28)


Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Riveting
Avg Score

Intense, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Dramatic

See it if Military murder whodunnit imbued with racial conflict. Characters we meet in act 1 turn deeper and darker in act 2. Excellent performances.

Don't see it if You don't like this genre. You don't want a lot of intensity/conflict/mystery. You want a fancier production.

Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you're looking for a classic drama that still resonates today. You want a great performance from an ensemble cast.

Don't see it if the issues of racism and segregation greatly disturb you.

Must see, Riveting, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if Interested in a finding out who killed the sarge on southern navy baseRacism, demotions,anger and turmoil make for a riveting showGreat cast

Don't see it if Don’t like dramas. Racism & use of disparaging terms

Disappointing, Wordy, Overrated

See it if if you enjoy a play that relies on straight blah-blah-blah narration

Don't see it if if you think a drama should SHOW not tell

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if I saw this production tonight along with my wife.Both of us thought that this play was awesome.The characterization of the play was on point

Don't see it if If you need a lavish set or that you don't want to enjoy a play dealing with the Blacks being in command.This production has a no big names.

Also The Sergeant was simply a character you loved to hate.The captain also... Read more Read less

Must see, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great creatives & cast!, Powerful theater!

See it if U appreciate 1st rate drama from Pulitzer winning playwright, seasoned Direction, passionate cast & talented support team in an A+ revival.

Don't see it if U prefer fluffy shows. U can't deal with racial & segregation facts in American history. U dislike period plays. This one is worth seeing!

Also This is a must see acclaimed theatrical gen in a great revival done wi... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if want to see great acting in a truly absorbing story. A mystery, but filled with racial tensions & an insight on what racial military

Don't see it if no reason NOT to see it.Everyone should see this & look deep inside themselves as this is as relevant today as it was the day it was written

Masterful, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a play that unfolds like a mystery that must be solved with twists and turns along the way.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with plays that deal with racism and that use of strong language.

Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You like strong drama involving mystery and social issues. Fine performances by Underwood and Grier.

Don't see it if You are a fan of the original production or movie and are expecting a fresh take. It needs more subtlety to be more gripping.

Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like plays about racial issues that have not (sadly) been resolved yet and if you are a fan of In the Heat of the Night-type scenarios

Don't see it if you are a bigot or a racist

Also great ensemble. David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood are perfect in th... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like layered writing that reveals the outcome little by little and in the process involves you in a complex way that characters respond

Don't see it if You want a laugh a minute show

Also The play is a classic and excellent. The acting was a little uneven in... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if Enjoy plays with a serious plot

Don't see it if Looking to see comedy

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant, Riveting

See it if good story-telling and/or historical significance are what you must love about theatre.

Don't see it if you find flashbacks distracting, although in this case they prove essential.

Also I'm surprised this fine play, which became a popular movie in 1984, ha... Read more Read less

Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You love great acting and direction and a story about racism in the military. This was an intelligent show. Unfortunately still relevant.

Don't see it if You can't stand great theater.

Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You wanted to be reminded of how racist this country is. Or bring a friend who needs the reminder.

Don't see it if You want to keep denying about the history of racism in this country.

Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You want a great no gimmick theatrical experience

Don't see it if You don’t like reflecting on historic racism of America

Absorbing, Riveting, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a superbly acted play. It is riveting and hearbreaking. Highly recommend it

Don't see it if You want avant guard theater. This is a straightforward who-done-it. But it will keep you engaged until the end.

Great acting, Intense, Must see, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see some of the best acting on broadway right now.

Don't see it if You don’t like who done it stories and intense plays about race.

Intense, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you’re interested in recent history and civil rights. Acting is extraordinary. Intense character development.

Don't see it if You’re a racist. Or white supremest. Or only enjoy musical comedy.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Snapshot in time for America on the cusp of social change re race relations and attitudes. Illustrates internal conflict of feelings.

Don't see it if You don't care about race relations in America and understanding the history & perspectives of various Americans dealing with change.

Disappointing, Great acting, Dated

See it if You appreciate good acting

Don't see it if You don’t mind it being so dated

Edgy, Great singing, Great acting, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if History

Don't see it if You don't like crying

Riveting, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like a murder mystery that keeps you locked in until the end. Great acting, great story.

Don't see it if Only love musicals.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Interesting and thought provoking

Don't see it if Slow at times No surprises

Experienced, Exquisite, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if examines, race, bigotry, beuocracy, power, in very real terms

Don't see it if You lack empathy or refuse to acknowedge the racial barriers that haunt this country.

February 24th, 2018
"The noble revival that resonates powerfully on several levels...A gripping mystery story...Weldon has assembled a dedicated cast of twelve...they shine as an ensemble...Fuller writes about racism and man's capacity for cruelty and hatred...Fuller is asking us to look at ourselves long and hard i...
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February 28th, 2018
"An involving murder mystery, but it was, and is, much more...As blazingly relevant today...About race and, at the same time, more than race...The audience can enjoy guessing who the culprit, or culprits, might be...Directed with much care...The only disappointing performances were those of the w...
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October 1st, 2017
for a previous production "Gripping, and powerfully performed, this is a superb revival...Mr. Fuller weaves a highly suspenseful and racially charged murder mystery that justifiably was showered with theatrical accolades...Tucker’s towering performance as Waters is the muscle of this successful production...Weldon’s physi...
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October 3rd, 2017
for a previous production "An uneven revival...The mood of this production is more melancholy and ghostly than urgent and vigorous…Tucker turns in a fine performance as the troubled Waters…Reuben has a handful of nice, subtle moments as Davenport, but saddled with the job of endless questioning and busy with way too much ...
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