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An Act of God (Sean Hayes)

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting
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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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The King of the Universe takes on His greatest challenge: Broadway. God—in the form of Sean Hayes—has finally arrived to set the record straight…and He's not holding back! Based on the book 'The Last Testament: A Memoir by God,' this 90-minute comedy was written by David Javerbaum, former head writer of 'The Daily Show,' and directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello. The show was previously mounted on Broadway in summer 2015 with Jim Parsons as God.

 

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Reviews (369)

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76
Avg Score

90
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

65
Theatermania

"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." Full Review

80
BroadwayWorld

"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." Full Review

90
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

65
New York Magazine / Vulture

"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." Full Review

60
AM New York

"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." Full Review

65
Talkin' Broadway

"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." Full Review

90
The Huffington Post

"David Javerbaum’s yuk-a-minute comedy…The beauty of the script, directed by ubiquitous Joe Mantello, is not only that every single one-line gag lands solidly but also that Javerbaum has wrapped a commendable religious philosophy in a comic package. Amen to him." Full Review

75
Front Row Center

"Hayes carries the whole 90 minutes lightly on his narrow shoulders, glibly rewriting the commandments...Joe Mantello's direction is flawless...'An Act of God' is only sort of a play; it’s more stand-up comedy leashed to a talk-show couch...We, the audience, had a wonderful time. There is a whiff of sacrilege for the devout, perhaps, and a breakneck pace that gins up the energy in the room...The Booth rocks with laughter for a divine Hayes." Full Review

70
CurtainUp

"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." Full Review

80
NorthJersey.com

A mostly very funny 90-minute evening…The dry-witted Parsons and the playful Hayes have very different comic personas, but they share the talent of knowing how to deliver a joke, with the result that both performances are equally strong…The production has a loose vibe, but is actually tightly scripted...The spontaneity is an artful illusion...The show even has a message. But it’s the cascade of jokes that make the evening go." Full Review

85
CitiTour

"Hayes is playing the title role in David Javerbaum’s often hilarious and somewhat irreverent comedy 'An Act of God'...Hayes’ primary job (as 'God') is to deliver a new, updated version of the Ten Commandments...Hayes is also unexpectedly touching as 'God'. As much as Javerbaum intends to make us laugh, he also manages us to make us think...As for me, I just command you to revel in the remarkable talent of Sean Hayes while you have the chance." Full Review

75
WNBC

"I laughed, robustly and often…The set-up of Javerbaum’s effective satire, directed by Joe Mantello, has the creator of the universe taking us through an all new edgy and transgressive set of commandments...There is some staginess in the script that remains a touch forced. A bit about a ringing cellphone in the audience is overkill…But more apparent are fresh and wicked updates.” Full Review

85
Act Three - The Reviews

"A romp...Don't go expecting an out-of-body experience. This one rakes religion over the coals in probably the nicest and funniest of ways...Mr. Hayes is a natural ham who knows his lines and knows how to improvise, entertain, and satiate your comedy soul...For a light, funny, entertaining evening with Mr. Hayes, run over to the Booth Theatre for a good laugh. Just don't be late." Full Review

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NJ.com

"A one-joke sketch dragged out to, er, ungodly lengths, 'An Act of God' feels like little more than a cash grab…Some of the jokes hit, but just as many miss, and the occasional attempts at gravitas just come off as awkward...Hayes is certainly a genial presence, and he's particularly sly when directly interacting with the audience. But material this threadbare would barely suffice as a lounge act on a cruise ship, much less in a Broadway theater." Full Review

80
Towleroad

"Sean Hayes accomplishes what seems like a divine feat: transforming what previously felt like a bloated late-night sketch into an enjoyable vehicle for his distinct and mighty talents...His humor is never without teeth or less than perfectly timed...While it still drags at times, this resurrection of the celestial comedy is decidedly more entertaining with Hayes leading the charge — less like a joke-addled, liberal diatribe and more like a show you’d actually pay to see." Full Review

85
StageZine

"This time around God is in the body of Emmy Award winner Sean Hayes, with mostly heavenly results...Sean Hayes as God is more sarcastic, delivers the dialogue with more of an edge and, well, does at times seem like Jack McFarland as our Heavenly Father...Worth a second look, even if you caught it last year with Parsons...Besides Hayes, the other true star is the clever script by David Javerbaum...Joe Mantello has a fine gift for extracting the best from his actors who engage in monologues." Full Review

75
Los Angeles Times

for a previous production "This appearance is really more of a tease, an occasion for sketch comedy rather than prophetic drama...Is this what passes for a hit Broadway comedy these days? Are we really expected to take any of this theology seriously?...But of course there's nothing wrong with light diversion, especially when served with Hayes' eye-brow-arched flair...It's about time someone took politicians and sports heroes to task for vainly invoking His name in victory." Full Review

80
The Wrap

for a previous production "An uproarious virtually one-man show...Hayes approaches his divine role with a kind of intelligent petulance that only occasionally verges on shtick...The script is very funny indeed, with a higher proportion of punchline hits to misses than you might expect of a routine built on studied irreverence...It seems there really are rimshots in heaven." Full Review

90
Perez Hilton

for a previous production "The comedy is everything we were expecting - and more...Hayes is so magnetic...This show has been revamped and feels so fresh! The laughter is nonstop, but underneath the humor are some very serious truths about mankind and why we do what we do. See, on the surface the show might seem like it's about God, but it's really about us. And, if you go see this, you will be thoroughly entertained!" Full Review

80
San Jose Mercury News

for a previous production "And let it be known, the gospel according to Hayes is a hoot. Granted it may not be a heavenly comedy per se, but it's certainly an amusing romp...God knows where Hayes gets his campy zeal but it's irresistible...But at some point the scripture shtick gets old...God knows the show is a rather lightweight affair and it would be even better at 70 minutes instead of 90, but if you are in dire need of a laugh (and who isn't?), this may be the answer to your prayers." Full Review

85
Stark Insider

for a previous production "In top form, God takes center stage to have another go at the Ten Commandments...Hayes delivers a swishy cross between Bill Buckley and Oprah, and he rivets your attention throughout this 90-minute play. Javerbaum’s writing is as tight as you’d expect...I’ll refrain from repeating more of the killer lines that Hayes tossed off effortlessly in this well-paced production, whose script stays slightly tweaked to keep it in the here and now, without seeming overly clever." Full Review

80
Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "I suppose it was time for someone to play God again...I found pleasure and a little food for thought in his reprimands, perceptions, and gags. I'm not sure how it would play in the Bible Belt. Sean Hayes portrays God as a campy character; in fact, Hayes out-camps the character...The script is up-to-date for current news, and God gets a few jabs in at Donald Trump and Ted Cruz." Full Review

85
Los Angeles Daily News

for a previous production "Under director Joe Mantello, the whole thing is more of a costumed lecture than a standard play. But it works...It is very funny. Hayes is terrific...I thoroughly suggest going to see 'An Act of God'. It’s worth it just to watch Sean Hayes do what he does so well, but it is also a chance to hear with great humor an alternative to the narrow conservative dogma which has so divided this nation." Full Review

85
TheatreStorm

for a previous production "The jokes are fast, funny, witty, and topical, but not unexpected. What raises this event way above the level of sketch comedy is the polished perfection of Hayes’s performance. He is an excellent comedian, with the comic timing of the very best...Hayes’s performance has all the silliness you could want, but also a core of steel that gives it a sharp edge...You won’t be disappointed." Full Review

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82
Avg Score

75
Funny, Edgy, Quirky, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if religious jokes don't offend you. Thoroughly enjoyed it & laughed a lot, but wish we'd seen Jim Parsons & not Sean doing "Jack McFarland".

Don't see it if you're easily offended by religious jokes whether mild or hilariously offensive. Get a grip, and get a sense of humor. It's funny as hell.

73
Funny, Entertaining, Fun

See it if you're a fan of the star. There are some clever bits and a few good laughs.

Don't see it if you're looking for something profound, if you're very religious or if you don't care for the star.

88
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like the Daily Show-type of humor. Sean Hayes is too funny!

Don't see it if You don't like poking holes in religion.

70
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want some good laughs. It's a simple show...not much thought is required from the audience.

Don't see it if You're overly sensitive with religion being talked about in a way that isn't necessarily biblical. (And if that's you, lighten up!)

75
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Just as good the second time around.

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

80
Quirky, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy practically-solo shows and love to laugh

Don't see it if you're offended by religious humor

84
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want to laugh all through the show.

Don't see it if You don't find religion something to joke about .

100
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to be entertainer. Very, very,, funny. Sean Hayes was superb and funny. A great God.

Don't see it if you do not like comedy.

85
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You are looking for a hoot and a giggle at the theatre.

Don't see it if Take yourself too seriously.

54
Funny, Disappointing, Arch

See it if I had higher expectations for a show I have heard so much about. There was a potential to go deeper with the humor but it stayed superficial

Don't see it if You are a snake handler or prefer dialogue spoken in tongues.

93
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if If you like Sean Hayes and want to see a truly hysterical show.

Don't see it if If you can't handle religion humor. Spoiler alert. It's a comedy about god!!!

79
10 commandments 2.0

See it if If you want a comical perspective on what the 10 Commandments might be if they were updated for our present society; are a fan of Sean Hayes

Don't see it if Not a fan of 1 person shows with minimal production value or if you're offended by religious humor

85
Funny, Clever, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like to have a good laugh and you want to see Sean Hayes doing a marvelous job playing Sean Hayes as God.

Don't see it if You are ULTRA sensitive to jokes with religious nature. There was nothing outwardly offensive, but it definitely pokes fun at some aspects

87
Original, Clever, Profound, Hilarious

See it if Really clever and funny. Sean was charming.

Don't see it if You are a conservative.

70
Clever, Great writing, Disappointing

See it if you like sean hayes

Don't see it if you saw it with jim parsons, same thing

93
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you want to laugh out loud about life.

Don't see it if you are very religious and easily offended.

65
Funny, Disappointing, Mediocre, Entertaining

See it if you love Sean Hayes. You lean towards agnosticism. You enjoy humorous plays on Broadway that are more like stand up or nightclub acts.

Don't see it if you're expecting something terribly biting or insightful. If you're very religious, it could offend. If you're not, it's a bit weak.

Also I thought it was funny and I had a good time. Sean Hayes was fantastic... Read more Read less

73
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if You like Sean Hayes, you want a good laugh, you like religious-related humor and clever writing!

Don't see it if You have to spend a lot for the tickets--this show would probably be better suited for off broadway with a newcomer at the helm.

80
Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You are a Sean Hayes fan; he is wonderful in this. See if you can laugh at interpreting and rewriting the 10 commandments.

Don't see it if You are offended by jokes about religion, the bible, prayers and faith in general.

54
Funny, Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if You like Sean Hayes and want to waste over$100.

Don't see it if Just don't waste your time and money!

74
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You wish to have a pleasant bray comedy expirence. Sean H ayes is fantastic! But hurry, show is closing in the near future.

Don't see it if You are loking for a musical or thought provoking performance.

70
Funny, Quirky, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Sean Hayes as he is terrific

Don't see it if you take religion seriously

91
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want a thoroughly entertaining 90 minutes of theater which will make your face hurt from smiling and because Sean Hayes is a pip as God.

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor about religion and your medical insurance isn't paid up in case you hurt yourself laughing.

80
Funny, Original, Ambitious, Clever, Quirky

See it if You want a good laugh

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor when it comes to religion

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if you like funny jokes

Don't see it if you're really into religion and sean hayes making fun of religion will make you sad