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An Act of God (Jim Parsons)

From 31 critic and 86 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful

About the show

In 'An Act Of God,' the Almighty (Jim Parsons) and His devoted angels answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. More…

The King of the Universe takes on His greatest challenge: Broadway. God - in the form of Jim Parsons - has finally arrived to set the record straight…and He's not holding back! Based on the critically acclaimed book The Last Testament: A Memoir by God, this 90 minute comedy was written by David Javerbaum, former head writer of 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.'

1h 30m | Already closed | Studio 54 (Midtown W)


"Some folks will be offended, but for the liberal-minded, it is hysterically funny; and for those troubled by the notion of blind faith, Javerbaum's ideas are strikingly clear-eyed. Under Joe Mantello's spot-on direction, Parsons delivers to near perfection with, dare I say it, his extraordinary God-given talents." Full Review

The Toronto Star

"'An Act of God' takes no prisoners, pulls no punches and will provide you with an irreverent, hysterical, yet somehow provocative 90 minutes in the theatre. Joe Mantello has directed with a sleekly inventive hand; Javerbaum’s script amuses to the very last line...I would like to create an 11th commandment: Thou must see Jim Parsons in An Act of God." Full Review

The New York Times

"God is really killing it up there. How funny is the guy? He’s Jon Stewart funny, plus Stephen Colbert funny. (Mr. Javerbaum has written for both.) More obviously, it might be said that Mr. Parsons as Mr. Javerbaum’s tell-it-like-it-is God is, yes, divinely funny." Full Review

Star Watch Byline

"'An Act of God' delighted audience members of all ages, from teens to silver-haired 80-somethings, all who literally and truly laughed out loud to where at times one might miss the next line from all the laughter, but it was all very joyous...Overall the play is laugh out loud funny; Parsons is brilliant in his role; and it is not surprising that there have already been repeat audience members because it is one to see over again!" Full Review

New York Magazine / Vulture

"The jokes keep landing and if they occasionally achieve a rat-a-tat quality that tends to raise smiles while suppressing laughter, they are always, at least, smart...In blending light summer comedy with apocalyptic theology, 'An Act of God ' has committed at least a minor sin, like eating milk with meat. But aren’t cheeseburgers delicious?" Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"Jim Parsons proves a surprisingly authoritative Supreme Being in the hilarious comedy 'An Act of God.' The script is both outrageously irreverent and deeply thoughtful in its exploration of religious issues. 'The Book of Mormon' seems almost restrained by comparison." Full Review

Time Out New York

"Joe Mantello’s handsome production gets much comic oomph out of Javerbaum’s excellently turned one-liners...The best thing about 'Act' is the way that Javerbaum takes the anthropomorphism of standard belief to its grotesque, logical conclusion: God realizing that He’s a narcissistic sociopath who needs help. By the end, you’re almost ready to forgive Him His sins." Full Review


"Nobody is too holy to avoid the occasional easy target, including the Chicago Cubs and the old joke about Adam and Steve. But the material -- some framed as questions from the audience -- takes on a satisfying number of Big Issues, including a brilliantly skewed explanation of evolution." Full Review


"A show about a God with issues shouldn't expect much business from church, synagogue or mosque theater parties. But it does have a couple of oddly affecting Bible-based moments that seem to have snuck in when no one was paying attention. Both concern God's touching human qualities...'An Act of God,' needless to say, isn't for everyone. It doesn't deny His existence, just the perfect part." Full Review

The Observer

"It’s a very fitfully written and unevenly performed (by whining, eye-rolling TV sitcom personality Jim Parsons) 80 minutes, but still. You’re out of there in time for cocktails...His loopiness in 'An Act of God' is just sacrosanct enough as a summer diversion to make you wonder what God has been smoking." Full Review


"'An Act of God' is a 90-minute diversion, as often amusing as it is trifling, that has Parsons 'inhabited' by the Supreme Being... Neither heavenly nor hellish, 'An Act of God' is primarily for fans of Jim Parsons." Full Review

New Jersey Newsroom

"While such casting is perfect and the notion for this show is nifty, writer David Javerbaum doesn’t make nearly so much of these assets as might be hoped. The 90 minutes that ensue turn out to be fairly amusing as God convivially chats about creation...The humor is scattershot. The social satire is mild. The characterization of God as a curmudgeon whose mysterious ways are simply quixotic is scarcely profound. Expect light entertainment here rather than dark or dangerous comedy." Full Review

The Huffington Post

"For the most part, it proves a relaxing, fun evening investigating the implications of religion on sociopolitical issues, but it can't quite overcome the trap of banter to reach a more essential destination. It also abruptly ventures into very real and hard discourse without much capacity to engage with it. Yes, Parsons is extraordinary. Yes, he will make you laugh. And yes, if you want to guffaw, I recommend the show. I enjoyed it. But if you're searching for significance, look elsewhere." Full Review

Stu on Broadway

"The play is hip, topical and comically moralizing. You marvel at where he comes up with the mostly amusing, sometimes wickedly funny, revisionist views on biblical stories, of being omniscient, and much more. Director Mantello manages to walk a tightrope by giving Jim Parsons just enough room to maneuver without reining him in." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"There is no shortage of jokes, and the hit rate is high...The problem is, this isn’t much of a Broadway show...This is still essentially a stand-up routine...May we suggest another commandment? Thou Shalt Not Charge Broadway Ticket Prices To See Jim Parsons Tell Jokes—no matter how beloved He mightest be." Full Review


"Cute and charming comedy...You'd be hard-pressed to find anything blasphemous or edgy in this breezy ninety minute riff that depicts its central character as a left-leaning social commentator...There isn't a lot to chew on, but nevertheless 'An Act Of God' is a tasty and sweet stick of bubble gum, full of good laughs and silly summer fun." Full Review

New York Post

"If you’re going to spend an hour and a half listening to a mildly irreverent riff on the Bible, it might as well be with Jim Parsons...And if you don’t get the joke, the new comedy 'An Act of God' spells it out in the first minute... God, however, is below his skill level. Parsons is charming as a supreme being who’s relaxed, cocky and at times a little testy. But this play is merely a glorified Top 10 list in which God gives us his revised Commandments." Full Review

New York Daily News

"The play by David Javerbaum has laugh-management issues. Some of it is divinely, if blasphemously, inspired. Some is sorta tired. Unevenness isn’t next to godliness. But Parsons is an ace comic act. He does deadpan and flashes the stink eye like nobody’s business, so the show is fun and entertaining." Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"It’s a One-Act of God to be precise, 90 minutes of presentational comedy that, if not quite divine, is at least good for a chuckle or two on our way to the ultimate curtain call...The writing begins to gel in the final half hour as a subtle seriousness sneaks in and mixes with a wry silliness. Amid the laughs, there are the moments of introspection and contemplation of religious self-worth that would have been welcomed from the start...Parsons’ quirky charm is generally enough to carry the d... Full Review

Jewish Daily Forward

"Parsons’s homey Texas drawl might be the key, but it helps that he can revel in the role’s shtickiness without letting it become unkosher hamminess. There’s a lot else here that works. The jokes come quickly, and the commandment-by-commandment analysis gives the play a structure...'An Act of God' is hilarious but slim. It will entertain, but it won’t inspire worship, or even an epiphany. Still, that’s probably OK." Full Review


"While the 'Act' is reliably amusing, some jokes become predictable. Although leavened with humor, some of the anecdotes become, well, preachy. The slanted take on familiar stories and the modern sensibility make an uplifting ending seem a little overly sweet. Political leanings and cultural tastes are pretty clear and its statements on issues such as gay marriage are probably falling on the ears of the converted." Full Review


"'An Act of God' is decidedly not an act of artistic bravery or even originality. It's unlikely to enter the pantheon of great American comedies. But if you want to see a major TV star tell some naughty jokes and wrap it all up in a feel-good cliché, your prayers have been answered." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"This is ultimately a case of preaching (at best) to the converted and ignoring everyone else...Dispensed in controlled, 140-character doses, his pronouncements are good for the occasional chuckle (if you buy into the premise) or eye-rolling scoff (if you don't), but are otherwise as of-the-moment disposable as most of what's on Twitter." Full Review


"Director Joe Mantello has shrewdly intensified the potency of the satire from its affable beginnings, but there’s no probing or sustained debate involved in these brief exchanges. The challenging questions raised by Archangel Michael do save the show from being little more than a clever nightclub act — but just barely." Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

"Couldn’t this have been funnier? Yes, the script has plenty of jokes and some of them are good, but there are long passages that don’t go anywhere. With the source material, this could have been rib-bruisingly hilarious rather than merely chucklesome. And the pacing is pretty draggy." Full Review

Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy great writing, satire, and witty dialogue.

Don't see it if you can't handle jokes about religion.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to learn about Christianity through a loveable version of God.

Don't see it if You are super conservative and do not like alternative takes on religion.

Clever, Edgy, Hilarious, Original, Great acting

See it if If you don't mind Humor lhat is a irreverent and if you like this performer and want to laugh yourself silly this is a great show for you.

Don't see it if If you're easily offended if you don't like this performer or if you find very left wing humor difficult to deal with.

Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if love the talent of Jim Parsons.

Don't see it if don't have a sense of humor.

Funny, Edgy, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if You like Jim Parsons; you have an irreverent attitude towards religion; you want to laugh.

Don't see it if Your Christian sensibilities are easily offended. I saw this with a group of 13 very diverse friends, and everyone liked it.

Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if your able to laugh at every religion including your own

Don't see it if you can't handle sensative subjects

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you want a quick and funny monologue discussing faith and God in a funny and refreshing way. This show is so delightful and funny!

Don't see it if you cannot handle jokes about religion and faith in a satirical way. This is a modern take on old texts that is relevant yet specific.

Hilarious, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You love hilarious, irreverent jokes that poke fun at religion

Don't see it if You're deeply religious

Hilarious, Great acting, Must see, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if If you want a hysterical show and you like Jim Parsons.

Don't see it if If you can't handle religion jokes. Or you don't like Jim.

Clever, Funny

See it if If you live Jim Parsons see it. He does not disappoint.

Don't see it if If you don't like jokes about religion

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You would like a funny monologue discussing faith and God from a new, hilarious angle.

Don't see it if You can't take jokes about religions or you cannot stand Jim Parsons.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Relevant

See it if You like commentary on current events, grew up religious, or any combination of the two.

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows, or don't like the protagonist. That's really all you've got.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if You love "SHELDON" and want to see him perform out of his box. He was masterful.

Don't see it if One man shows are not on your list of favorite experiences.

Delightful, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy a good laugh at religion and society​ as a whole.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to the topics of religion.

Clever, Funny, Great writing, Fluffy, Delightful

See it if You enjoy quick and funny comedies about topical issues.

Don't see it if You're looking for something more powerful.

Funny, Great acting, Edgy, Hilarious, Indulgent

See it if You love Jim Parsons

Don't see it if You can't sit for 90 minutes of sex jokes...

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if Wonderfully entertaining, with deep questions answered so cleverly. I laughed to hard.

Don't see it if If you are religious and do not like religious humor.

Witty, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like Jim Parsons and stand-up comedy

Don't see it if don't like jokes poking fun of religion

Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you like Jim Parsons and/or want to have an entertaining night at the theater. It was definitely fun.

Don't see it if you would be offended by the premise of the play

Funny, Original, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Jim Parsons

Don't see it if you are not open to making fun of religion.

Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you like Sean Hayes and aren't offended easily. It was witty and clever! A fun little twist of faith, if you will! :)

Don't see it if you can't take a joke or get your panties in a wad over everything.

Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you are open to religious themes and want to laugh - several profound moments

Don't see it if you are closed-minded to religious discussion

Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Delightful, Relevant

See it if you'd like a laugh out loud night at the theater anchored by the always hilarious Jim Parsons and scene stealing Christopher Fitzgerald

Don't see it if you don't follow current events or jokes on religion makes you uncomfortable

Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Entertaining, Original

See it if You want to laugh at EVERYTHING. Especially our own society

Don't see it if you don't like religion based humor

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Clever

See it if You like comedy or Jim Parsons.

Don't see it if You only like musicals or don't like relegion being made fun of.

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