Already closed | 1h 15m | Midtown W

Church & State

From 212 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining

About the show

Emmy-nominated writer Jason Odell Williams' fast-paced comedy about faith, politics, and “The Twitter” makes its New York debut. More…

Three days before his bid for re-election in North Carolina, a Republican US senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that calls into question the politico's belief in God. His devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try to contain the damage. This comic look at how religion, guns, and social media influence our political system aims to be honest, affecting, and uplifting.

1h 15m | Already closed | New World Stages (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (212)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining
80
Avg Score

95
Must see, Profound, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy shows about topical subjects. This show should be required viewing for everyone!

Don't see it if You're afraid to think about common sense gun control laws.

78
Breakout performance by rob nagle as senator who sees the light on gun control

See it if Nagle moving/inspiring embodying Southern Senator who changes in response to mass shooting of children; completely owns the role

Don't see it if script oversimplifies complex politics of gun control debate, scenes of Senator w wife and those w campaign manager too writerly

Also I sat in first row, not expecting much from group of actors whose cred... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a play that deals w/faith & politics: what happens when both are challenged? You want great writing & acting.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable w/discussions on gun violence or questioning religion.

80
Absorbing, Clever

See it if you like to see a character change before your eyes. As moving and powerful an ending as you will ever see.

Don't see it if you enjoy a predictable show or like comedy.

76
Great acting, Funny

See it if You like political comedies & the behind-the-scenes lives of a politician & his wife.

Don't see it if You'd grow tired of "The Twitter" joke which repeats over & over in the show.

79
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if Great protagonist in Rob Nagle-his acting is realistic, honest and appealing. Important topics are dealt with along with unexpected results

Don't see it if The play has good potential but falls short of its goal. Three other characters are stereotypical and one is overacted/directed.

70
Cliched, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Serious

See it if you might like a show that delves into politics & gun control in some interesting ways, acting is good despite some cliched dialogue & humor

Don't see it if you're off-put by a show which changes tones between scenes—one minute it's a banal sitcom, the next a serious monologue and social critique

65
Interesting but not quite

See it if You like of the moment politics

Don't see it if You want insightful theatre

70
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Edgy, Profound

See it if you enjoy a political commentary on contemporary issues, gun control, role of religion in politics. Rob Nagle is excellent, great monologue

Don't see it if you dislike political commentary and characture roles

77
Energetic, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if What begins as broad mockery of a southern political candidate & team develops into a focused crisis of faith. Quick-paced at 75 minutes...

Don't see it if ...but unevenly acted, there's plenty to consider as the story relates to issues in the news. Resounding coda.

75
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if See if you are interested in a drama about political and interpersonal relationships. Well acted with an interesting twist.

Don't see it if If you are only into light dramas or musicals.

80
Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are interested in political discussion and the role of the spouse in politics.

Don't see it if you have no interest in politics and/or can't find humor in any political debate.

87
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You liked White Guy...Bus. This show addresses several hot-button issues stylishly. We need more shows like these two. It's not a comedy.

Don't see it if You're on political overload and don't want to think in the theatre. Every cliché in the book is there on stage, but skillfully done.

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if If you want to see a smart play about the state of today's world and how we can't keeping sitting down doing nothing. I left in tears.

Don't see it if If you wanna sing and dance for the evening.

82
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Realistic

See it if you want to see a political drama that could be ripped out of today's headlines about how religion can affect political futures.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy politically based dramas that touch on sensitive beliefs.

83
Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like current events and refreshing points of view. Solid performances by all of the actors. Great show!

Don't see it if You don't want to think about current events when you are out on the town

80
Absorbing, Relevant, Uneven, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You are interested in a clever show about politics, gun control and religion.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in a play which, though humorous at times, is primarily a serous political statement.

Also The last act was done so quickly that it was difficult to absorb all o... Read more Read less

77
Clever, Cliched, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like political sketches--the show was about an hour long; Southern accents; support stricter gun purchase laws.Good performance by lead.

Don't see it if you dislike political sketches and prefer fully fleshed out plots, are opposed to stricter gun control laws, dislike "preachy" plays.

80
Clever, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant

See it if A show that questions if politics, religion & gun control belong in the same arena. Some humor helps get points across. Thought provoking.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear about politics, religion & gun control. If questioning existence of a "God" offends you.

Also This show will definitely divide an audience based in their beliefs in... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Great writing, Topical, Engaging, Relevant

See it if you are troubled by the current state of affairs in the U.S. & are concerned with gun control, religion & the blue state/red state divide

Don't see it if you do not question Christianity and/or the 2nd Amendment at all

Also This is billed as a comedy (it's not) and the premise is rather implau... Read more Read less

70
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You want a polemic about gun control and to see great acting by Rob Nagle as the Senator

Don't see it if You want a theatrical experience with fully fleshed out characters rather than a polemic

76
Great acting, Intense, Slow

See it if you are looking for a show that explores controversial subjects. It is very moving and surprising.

Don't see it if you expect it to be a comedy. It gets very serious abruptly.

79
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like plays with topical plots, well acted

Don't see it if you don't like plays without intermission that deal with current events

75
Great acting, Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if good subject and acting

Don't see it if predictable , didn't push into new territory

75
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you like your comedy with a serious message

Don't see it if you simply want to be entertained and not think about important issues facing the world today


March 29th, 2017
"Williams is adept at jacking up the tension, and he leavens potentially leaden debates with plenty of humor...When’s the last time you left a play complaining that it was too short? This one zips by so fast, you barely have time to catch your breath; its brevity may well be part of the message. ...
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March 28th, 2017
“We wish some of the actors would go off-script after hearing the first several of Williams' groan-inducing jokes…Bowers gives a performance commensurate with the script, mugging and shouting her way through what feels like an endless 75 minutes…Director Markus Potter stages a zippy production th...
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March 31st, 2017
"The author switches tone so abruptly you can practically hear the play's gears being stripped...'Church & State' never really outstays its welcome, thanks to Markus Potter's crisp, faultlessly timed direction, and a highly professional cast...Caught between sitcom gagging and deadly serious matt...
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April 4th, 2017
“Initially a very light comedy, Jason Odell Williams' engrossing and entertaining ‘Church & State’ becomes deadly serious on the topic of gun control and religious beliefs in politics. While some of the characters are stereotypes, they change enough that this is more than a sitcom. As directed by...
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