Broadway has never seen anything like it

In less than a year, Jeremy O Harris has gone from Yale School of Drama graduate student to Broadway phenomenon. The 30-year-old African-American playwright was showered in plaudits for his graphic, controversial Slave Play during its off-Broadway premiere last year, and it is safe to say that Broadway, where it has now transferred for a four-month run, has never seen anything like it.

Sometimes confounding and excessive, Slave Play is also funny and intelligently provocative as it examines the lingering impact of slavery through the distress and desires of characters who aren’t what they first seem. Simulated sex and (mostly male) flesh are on display – intimacy and fight director Claire Warden…