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An Act of God (Sean Hayes)

From 28 critic and 345 member reviews
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. More…

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.

1h 30m | Already closed | Booth Theatre (Midtown W)

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

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

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


"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

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


"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


"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


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


"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


"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

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


"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


"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

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

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

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


"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

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


for a previous production "Hayes injects his blasé, carefree personality into God to great effect...Under Joe Mantello's sturdy hand, Hayes is hilarious as he fills the gaps with reckless abandon on just about every topic...'An Act of God', a One-God Show has the ring of Vegas. It should play there to great acclaim. Go and enjoy the irreverent and insightful proceedings! It's high on entertainment." Full Review

SF Examiner

for a previous production "Feels like a talk show in heaven...This snappy, sure-fire 90-minute comedy yields a laugh-out-loud confrontation between the Almighty and the human subjects he created...In hilarious moments of audience interaction, God’s reactions recall the scorn of Dame Edna...Hayes nails each bit with pinpoint timing. Glib and hyper, petulant and slyly self-aggrandizing, he delights in tearing down celebrities, but talks like one himself." Full Review

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

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


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

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

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

Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Must see, Funny

See it if you love Sean Hayes and want to laugh and cry about the state of the world

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh

Fluffy, Hilarious

See it if want to laugh so much it hurts

Don't see it if don't like to laugh

Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like humor. Sean Hayes was great!!!

Don't see it if You are insulted if someone plays God.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Must see

See it if If you want to laugh and like Sean Hayes

Don't see it if If you are easily offended when using religion as a laughing tool

Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Must see, Edgy

See it if you are not offended about anti-religious comments

Don't see it if you are easily offended by anti-religious comments

Epic, Profound, Hilarious

See it if You adore Sean Hayes (I Do) , you want to laugh very hard for 90 minutes straight (no intermission) the last line was very profound.

Don't see it if you are uptight, don't like to mock religion, are not LGBT friendly- basically not for close-minded tourists that want to see fluff

Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like an one man show that provides energy and entertainment. Sean Hayes does an excellent show!

Don't see it if You don't want to heard a dialogue about God, the Ten Commandments and views on today's issues.

Funny, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if Loved every minute of this show! Sean was fantastic!

Don't see it if If you are not opened minded

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You're a fan of dark offensive humor

Don't see it if Religion jokes offend you

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy Sean Hayes' Jack character

Don't see it if You don't like Will And Grace

Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You have an open mind re theological issues You adore Sean Hayes You need an evening of laughter

Don't see it if You cannot laugh about heart-felt religious beliefs.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if You want to be thoroughly entertained and leave with a smile in your heart

Don't see it if You don't like smiling

Clever, Original, Hilarious, Funny, Great staging

See it if You want to laugh and enjoy Sean Hayes at his best. He is hysterical! His jokes are religiously clever and thought provoking in a Godly way.

Don't see it if If you're thinking of entering the priesthood......although it might give you some good material for some catchy sermons!

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You want a laugh filled night as "God in the form of Sean Hayes" explains, clarifies and rewrites the 10 commandments.

Don't see it if You would not enjoy a "tongue in cheek" play about religion.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you are a fan of Sean in any venue and you can enjoy comedy, satire and great wit for a one man show

Don't see it if you are touchy about religious themes being slightly ridiculed; some light political satire and angels being portrayed as staff

Hilarious, Funny, Clever, Must see

See it if You love Sean Hayes

Don't see it if You have issues with religion

Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if You love Sean Hayes and are an irreverent sort who can take a joke.

Don't see it if You cannot laugh at yourself and human foibles.

Clever, Entertaining, Hysterical

See it if Great comic relief Delivery fantastic Loved the show

Don't see it if NA

Clever, Delightful, Epic, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You like something different and edgy.

Don't see it if You are offended easily.

Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Raunchy, Refreshing

See it if Love satires, audience interaction, and an upbeat twist on religion.

Don't see it if You're easily offended.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like Sean hayes

Don't see it if If you don't like funny

Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Profound

See it if You want to laugh while your thinking , and your thinking while your laughing And laughing and thinking you love Sean Hayes!!!

Don't see it if See it Go already!!!!

Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Must see, Raunchy

See it if You love to laugh, you have a sense of humor, and you're a Will & Grace fan.

Don't see it if You're easily offended by religious jokes (no religion is left out) or if laughing very hard causes you too much pain.

Entertaining, Enchanting, Funny, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if you love musical theatre and a great story. Awesome set and acting.

Don't see it if don't want to be happy.

Cast & Creatives (11)