A Case for the Existence of God
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A Case for the Existence of God
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A Case for the Existence of God NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(163 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
7%
Negative
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

A world premiere drama about fatherhood from Drama Desk Award-winner Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale). 

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864 Reviews | 897 Followers
78
Thought-provoking, Bad sets, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Really great acting and clever absorbing writing. Smart and entertaining.

Don't see it if The set is way too small and monotonous, especially since not all scenes are supposed to take place in that set. Read more

840 Reviews | 1006 Followers
72
Simple, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Really excellent/natural performances and dialog. It's a nice story with a satisfying ending.

Don't see it if The staging/direction was too simple for me & became a bit boring to watch -2 actors sit in chairs (on a huge stage) for the majority.

919 Reviews | 378 Followers
88
Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You like smart, monologue plays. This is essentially a series of conversations between two men. No action but lots of intense dialogue.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a fluffy show or something that’s going to give you a simple answer to the question posed by the title. Read more

937 Reviews | 223 Followers
74
Intelligent, Slow, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if A well written play for the most part. A very human story.

Don't see it if Slow at times. Good acting poorly directed.

700 Reviews | 213 Followers
80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Funny, Absorbing

See it if God works in mysterious ways? You will be challenged. Deep characters. Harshness of modern life. Loved the funny parts.

Don't see it if Some people may hate this play. It’s not easy.

675 Reviews | 150 Followers
83
Great writing, Confusing, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Enjoy two-handers, fan of Hunter, enjoy plots about wounded young fathers in small-town America, have an understanding of male loneliness

Don't see it if don't like one act character studies or plots about frustrations of male friendship & fatherhood, slightly confusing transitions & locales

609 Reviews | 268 Followers
83
Easy to underestimate this two-hander involving mortgage broker & client; look carefully & you'll see a modern day "waiting for godot," from s. hunter, 1 of our leading playwrights

See it if mixes humor/pain; wonderful perfs K. Beltran/W. Brill; keen insights why today's men feel emasculated; existential Qs brilliantly explored*

Don't see it if play drags @ only 90 mins, pacing at times flaccid & some scenes don't work; background story unsatisfying Read more

591 Reviews | 120 Followers
76
Entertaining, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if Two people meet both are fathers. About the difficult of life. The friendship they form.

Don't see it if At times slow and not sure what was going on. The stage is very simple and set up small.

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
May 2nd, 2022

"directed exquisitely by David Cromer, is another of Hunter’s public explorations of his own private Idaho: a post-boom, existential vastness in which emotional and economic collapse are conjoined. ... And though 'A Case' makes the connection between personal and societal calamity more explicit than ever — can it be just an accident that it’s set in Twin Falls? — it may also be the purest example yet of Hunter’s approach to playwriting as an experiment in empathy."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
May 2nd, 2022

"The playwright has reduced his components to the bare minimum, offering us Hunter superfans a chance to marvel at his elegant way with exposition and the stealthy way he lures us down into the deep end of the emotional pool. He keeps warning us that he’s going to do it: He has Keith teach Ryan the word 'harrowing,' and you dutifully make a note — but then the pain comes as a surprise anyway."
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The Wall Street Journal
May 4th, 2022

" Among the many moving aspects of the play is how Mr. Hunter and his actors distinctly etch the profound love both the characters have for their young girls. Fatherhood has made them more aware of the frailties of the world, and the vulnerability they see in each other awakens them to their own uncertain hold on what they value in life."
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Theatermania
May 2nd, 2022

"If the title doesn't scare you, then the one-line plot synopsis might. Samuel D. Hunter's new play at the Pershing Square Signature Center is called 'A Case for the Existence of God,' and it's about a man trying to get a loan in rural Idaho. Cast those aspersions aside, though — this 90-minute two-hander, which David Cromer directs, is one of the most moving new plays of the year."
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Talkin' Broadway
May 2nd, 2022

"The production boasts two beautifully calibrated performances. As the self-described pretentious Keith, Beltran affectingly reveals the everyday terrors of living that he conceals underneath his professional and carefully controlled demeanor. Brill's Ryan could easily tip over to stereotypically former-jock, straight-male oafishness, but the actor rejects easy characterizations. They are perfectly matched, and their every strained utterance and awkward gesture are completely believable."
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New York Stage Review
May 2nd, 2022

"'A Case for the Existence of God,' receiving its world premiere at the Signature Theatre, represents theater at its most humanistic and features two performances so symbiotic they almost become one."
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New York Stage Review
May 2nd, 2022

"The warmhearted riches and laughter contained within the 90-minute span—along with surprises in writing and staging formulated by Hunter and his director, David Cromer—are such that it’s best not to further describe them. 'A Case for the Existence of God' will surely hold up on second viewing, when the conceptual choices are already known. But rather than spill the proverbial beans, it’s preferable for the viewer to discover the play as it unfolds."
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TheaterScene.net
May 10th, 2022

Though there’s two well-delineated characters and a compelling plot, A Case for the Existence of God plays out like a 90-minute cerebral exercise, reaching an unsatisfying pseudo-fantastical conclusion. This is explained by Hunter’s stage directions which explicitly have the actors sitting for a good deal of the time. He has several dictates as to how his dialogue should be delivered, one example is “Dialogue written in italics is emphatic, deliberate; dialogue in ALL CAPS is impulsive, explosive. Dialogue in [brackets] is implied, not spoken.”
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