11 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 81.
The New York Times
"When performed, as it is here, by a cast that can recreate its rapture as well as its moral gravity, it achieves the doubleness of great art, burrowing deeper the higher it flies...In a series of monologues that pull further back from the action, Hanrahan’s reflections on the case dissipate the tension. This slight flaw in the writing is exacerbated by a few awkward directorial choices...Brokaw has rightly focused on shaping the cast into a superlative ensemble."
"This stunning revival incisively explores the possibility of morality without religion and the existence justice outside the law...Offering few answers or moments of relief, director Mark Brokaw's tightly staged production hurls these quandaries at us with the velocity of an express train making the run between 125th Street and Columbus Circle. Across-the-board stellar performances reinforce an already great play."
"Guirgis is the go-to guy for riveting monologues and choice dialogue exchanges...The author’s one-line zingers are just as pointed than his longer and more reasoned arguments on faith and redemption...Director Mark Brokaw has spring-wound this production so that taking too long a breath means missing something. Voices are so well orchestrated they’re as complementary as the colors of a painting."
“Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train” was also reviewed by Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Helen Shaw of Time Out New York, Domenick Danza of More Than The Play Blog, Les Gutman of CurtainUp, Thom Geier of The Wrap, and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.
The show was also reviewed by 53 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 87.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense
See it if…"You are a fan of intense theater masterfully done. Beautiful acting and awesome staging."
Don't see it if…"You don't like to be preached at or want a happy ending. This story is harsh and sad."
See it if…"You're open to a play that starts as an exploration of the prison system and ends up meditating on divine justice and redemption."
Don't see it if…"You don't want to see criminals (even heinous ones) humanized, or have little patience for complicated conversations about religion."
See it if…"You want an inkling into what goes on in the minds of those held at Rikers and the lawyers who serve them. It's raw and will leave you wet!"
Don't see it if…"You can't take raw emotions and vulgar language. This show will tug at your heartstrings. Not for children and the weak."
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