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An Act of God (Jim Parsons)

Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful
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82 reviews
 

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.

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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.'

 

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Reviews (113)

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72
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95
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

70
Theatermania

"'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

75
BroadwayWorld

"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

90
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

75
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

60
Variety

"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

60
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

90
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

70
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

25
The Wall Street Journal

"As predictable as a Quarter Pounder, though not nearly so filling. As God, Mr. Parsons is monochromatically campy, but in an unthreatening way—the kind of camp you’d expect from a sitcom star, in other words. If that floats your ark and you’ve got $145 to blow on an orchestra seat, go thou and do likewise. Me, I’d rather go straight to hell than sit through 'An Act of God' again." Full Review

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AM New York

"It's a very funny, very promising concept, but not much of a play or even a stand-up routine...Even at 90 minutes, 'An Act of God' is long-winded and full of unoriginal jabs at common targets. There may be a play to be drawn out of Javerbaum's work, but 'An Act of God' is not it." Full Review

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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

90
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

75
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

45
Deadline

"Much of the humor seems familiar. A lot more seems phoned in...Parsons delivers all this polished patter expertly, with a dry sense of the absurd, which makes most of the show mildly entertaining...But spend the money you saved on tickets to 'Fun Home' or 'Hand To God.'" Full Review

75
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

85
Newsday

"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

85
NorthJersey.com

"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

80
WNBC

"'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

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The Associated Press

"Summer on Broadway is when the weakest of authors somehow find a home. This year, it's apparently God...This lame thing truly needs divine intervention." Full Review

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NY1

"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

40
Towleroad

"Criticism of dogmatic extremes and intrinsically liberal voice ought to be rightfully welcomed with open arms, nary a cheap laugh escapes its blunt hand. Parsons' characterization, which is fixed and unchanging, is also not very likable — while this may be precisely the point, it doesn’t make an hour and a half spent listening to his smug diatribe all that enjoyable." Full Review

60
USA Today

"A play that tries to blend irreverent humor with social commentary and, well, doesn't always succeed...Javerbaum's satire can become rather too obvious...Parsons and director Joe Mantello emerge as the show's saving graces." Full Review

85
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

80
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

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82
Avg Score

79
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if A surprisingly funny show.

Don't see it if you won't, it closed.

81
Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Indulgent, Hilarious

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

91
Great acting, Must see, Quirky, Raunchy, Hilarious

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.

94
Clever, Intelligent, Hilarious, Entertaining

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

Don't see it if You're deeply religious

80
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Hilarious

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

96
Original, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Hilarious

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.

82
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.

95
Funny, Edgy, Intelligent, Great writing, Hilarious

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.

91
Funny, Clever

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

72
Funny, Cliched, Overrated, Silly, Had potential

See it if If you love Jim Parsons and LGBT humor, it was a great show.

Don't see it if If you are conservative or are not a fan of The Big Bang Theory, take a pass.

87
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Fluffy

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

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

62
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if are a huge fan of the book and it is a must see for you to see who is playing God

Don't see it if looking for something more or if you are easily bored

80
Original, Intelligent, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

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

83
Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy

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

73
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if Love Jim Parsons (or similar type character). Easy entertainment unless having fun with religion puts you off. Nothing earth shattering-fun.

Don't see it if you're looking for something deep. If you can't take a comedic look at some religious concepts this is not for you. Parsons delivers, though

55
Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Overrated

See it if You love Jim Parsons to exclusion of all else, and you like arrogant humor.

Don't see it if You have any sense of compassion for Christians.

79
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if If you're a Parsons fan or really like clever concepts; If you like long monologues with hysterical delivery;

Don't see it if If you're easily offended or don't enjoy pop culture reference jokes;

63
Clever, Too long, Okay

See it if You love Jim Parsons

Don't see it if you don't like stand up. It's basically a stand up act about religion. If it had been 30 minutes it would have been VERY fun.

77
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like intelligent, funny, thought-provoking shows about religion.

Don't see it if you can't take criticisms of Christianity, or if you're not a fan of one-man shows (it's mostly one-man).

45
Disappointing, Silly, Dumb, Bad jokes

See it if You like Jim Parsons

Don't see it if for any other reason other than liking Jim Parsons

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you are a Jim Parsons' fan. He plays himself/God/Sheldon Cooper (from Big Bang Theory) which are all the same character.

Don't see it if the jokes are often flat and over the top. It's not bad, but it's not great either.

77
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you love jim parsons and cleaver lines.

Don't see it if you don't like shows langing and jim parsons. if your very religious and don't have a sense of humor.

60
Clever, Tedious, Fine, Overlong, Low production values

See it if you're a big fan of Jim Parsons.

Don't see it if you don't like stand up. It's basically a stand up act about religion. If it had been 30 minutes it would have been VERY fun.

95
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

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.

75
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of Jim Parsons, he is playing himself (or Sheldon). You like to laugh about religion You like to meditate about religion

Don't see it if You cannot stand jokes on religion. You are not interested or not know the basic stories of the Bible.