An Act of God (Sean Hayes)
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An Act of God (Sean Hayes)
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An Act of God (Sean Hayes) NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(344 Reviews)
Positive
92%
Mixed
7%
Negative
1%
Members say
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting

About the Show

In 'An Act of God,' the Almighty ('Will & Grace' star Sean Hayes) and His devoted angels answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation.

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Member Reviews (344)

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945 Reviews | 386 Followers
93
Delightful, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Hilarious

See it if You're a fan of topical humor especially if you're a Sean Hayes fan. He is TERRIFIC! Not just for liberals, I think it's fair to Christians.

Don't see it if You can't see that the bible is open to interpretation. If you're offended by views that may differ from yours, this is not for you.

705 Reviews | 214 Followers
65
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You'll enjoy a light standup comedy act. Sean Hayes is likable.

Don't see it if You can't get a good discount.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
79
Clever, Funny, Witty

See it if you were a fan of @TweetOfGod; you're an atheist who can laugh at the absurdity of God; you're a theist who can laugh at the folly of Man.

Don't see it if you're too sensitive to laugh at Judeo-Christian religion or you're hoping for biting criticism and a sharp skewering of Christianity.

616 Reviews | 273 Followers
67
Breezy and irreverent look at how people invoke god to justify their actions, but is it funny enough?

See it if you enjoy a cheeky redo of the 10 commandments by Daily Show writer; charming Hayes acting his a** off as God using Will & Grace shtick

Don't see it if you expect more from a Broadway show than a 75 minute Borscht Belt routine by Hayes w/ 2 side-kicks

don
506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
75
Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if enjoy a one man show and are a fan of Hayes. The two angels have little to add but there are sme funny lines.

Don't see it if you a strict religious believer. Some lines may clash with your feelings It is a cabaret show at Broadway prices,

399 Reviews | 202 Followers
85
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Resonant

See it if Laughed all the way through. Hayes is such an engaging performer. And I loved what the script had to say. An uplifting final message.

Don't see it if If your politics runs toward the more conservative side, you probably won't like what the script has to say.

415 Reviews | 69 Followers
83
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You like to laugh and enjoy topical humor that is not cruel. You want to see Sean Hayes perform - he was great.

Don't see it if You think jokes about religion and Donald Trump are inappropriate. You take the bible literally and don't believe in evolution.

Nic
386 Reviews | 84 Followers
82
Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

See it if you'd enjoy a tour de force by Sean Hayes. This is very nearly a one-man show, and he is up to the task.

Don't see it if a nearly one-man show w/God talking to you for 80 minutes straight sounds like it has the potential to drag a bit for you; it may.

Critic Reviews (28)

The New York Times
June 6th, 2016

"A gut-busting-funny riff on the never-ending folly of mankind’s attempts to fathom God’s wishes…Mr. Javerbaum’s wit, one is tempted to say, is almost as infinite as God’s wisdom. There’s a good gag a minute, maybe more, in this 90-minute show. And in Mr. Hayes, God has a delightful infinite-wisdom delivery system…'An Act of God,' could be fancifully viewed as one of God’s better-realized creations. It’s an hour and a half of comedy heaven, and I’d gladly watch it annually."
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Time Out New York
June 6th, 2016

"I could say that the return engagement of 'An Act of God,' now with Sean Hayes, is a revelation, a miraculous epiphany or similar 'religious' experience. Truth to tell, I was already a believer. I thoroughly enjoyed David Javerbaum’s theological satire last summer when it starred Jim Parsons, and I could watch Hayes’s bratty-campy shtick all night…The script is packed with verbal wit and high-information comedy…But it also finds room for genuine notes of regret."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
June 6th, 2016

"When Parsons played the role, his charm pulled the audience through these dark and thrilling passages. Hayes isn’t charming; rather, he’s 'charming.' His stage presentation involves multiple reflections of insincerity. The funny parts are slightly less funny as a result...On the other hand, the dark parts are more despairing, the shell of shtick providing no defense now...The show barely recovers its balance in time for God’s big number...But maybe that’s what He, or Javerbaum, wanted."
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AM New York
June 7th, 2016

"Was it really necessary to bring the well-intended but underwhelming comedic monologue 'An Act of God' back to Broadway with Sean Hayes?...Even at just 90 minutes, 'An Act of God' is long-winded and full of unoriginal jabs at easy targets, but it is cute and occasionally witty...Hayes has terrific stage presence and makes for a giddy, loosened-up and irreverent host. 'An Act of God' may be slight, but it more than suits Hayes’ abilities as a stand-up comic."
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Theatermania
June 6th, 2016

"Sadly, it's still just mildly amusing…Hayes brings an extra touch of frivolity to a play that really calls for it. The whole event feels like a Chelsea cocktail party, with God as our vain and capricious host. That's a role that Hayes mastered on 'Will & Grace' and he proves that he's still got it here…Those looking for a boundary-pushing night of comedy may be disappointed to find a parade of stale quips and feel-good morals tailored for the Broadway audience."
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BroadwayWorld
June 6th, 2016

"David Javerbaum's cute and charming comedy…You'd be hard-pressed to find anything blasphemous or edgy in this breezy 90-minute riff that depicts its central character as a left-leaning social commentator…Under Joe Mantello's direction, this is an adorably smarmy God…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."
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Talkin' Broadway
June 6th, 2016

"As an act, it is what it is, and you're either going to like it or not; when it gets into Play territory, it's more desperate...Hayes is a delightful, impish comic actor, who can simultaneously appear weighty and not actually be so, traits that are just right for the playful Deity...As good as Hayes is with the comedy, he has yet to lock down the (few) serious moments...If Hayes's performance, like 'An Act of God' itself, is hardly to be worshiped, they're both effective on its own terms."
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CurtainUp
June 6th, 2016

"It's still basically an extended standup solo dressed up as a full-fledged play with spectacular stagecraft…No matter who's cast as God, Javerbaum's riff on civilization's most famous rule book is funny and clever, but hardly so much so that I was overjoyed at the prospect at seeing it again…Hayes knows how to charm the audience…His God is more physical and shtickier, though, to be fair, he doesn't overdo this."
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