Reviews: What Did Critics Think of Dave Harris' Exception to the Rule? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Did Critics Think of Dave Harris' Exception to the Rule?

The new Off-Broadway play about six students stuck in detention opened at Roundabout Underground May 18.

Amandla Jahava, Mister Fitzgerald, MaYaa Boateng, Malik Childs, Claudia Logan, and Toney Goins in Roundabout Underground’s Exception to the Rule Joan Marcus

The reviews are in for the world premiere production of Exception to the Rule by Dave Harris. The new play officially opened May 18 at Roundabout Underground's Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Previews for limited engagement, set to run through June 26, began April 28. Roundabout Resident Director Miranda Haymon helms the production.

The play centers on six Black students stuck together, fighting and flirting their way through detention at the worst school in the city. The ensemble cast includes MaYaa Boateng, Malik Childs, Mister Fitzgerald, Toney Goins, Amandla Jahava, and Claudia Logan.

Read the reviews below:

New York Magazine/Vulture (Helen Shaw)

New York Theatre Guide (Juan Michael Porter II)

The New York Times (Naveen Kumar)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

Playbill will continue to update as reviews come in. 

Exception to the Rule features sets by Reid Thompson and Kamil James, costumes by Sarita Fellows, lighting by Cha See, and sound by Lee Kinney.

Harris was Roundabout’s 2020–21 Tow Foundation Playwright in Residence. His play Tambo & Bones ran earlier this season at Playwrights Horizons.

Meet The Cast of Roundabout Underground's Exception to the Rule


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