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)


Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining

Interesting but not quite

See it if You like of the moment politics

Don't see it if You want insightful theatre

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You want to hear polemics about gun control and have not even a grade school education about separation of church & state, want cheap laughs

Don't see it if Mercifully short, there is really no reason to see this clinker, save for a decent performance from the lead character. Superficial & banal

Relevant, Fluffy, Entertaining, Slow, Circular

See it if you are passionate about plays that explore politics, faith and gun control.

Don't see it if you expect there to be action or you'd like the ending to resonate.

Entertaining, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if You can get cheap tickets.

Don't see it if You're wanting something very funny or thought provoking.

Also Thought this slightly missed the mark. As a comedy there were a few jo... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you like gun control.

Don't see it if you think propaganda is not art. The title church & state suggest so much more and it is not.

Also This play actually has an excellent set-up; however, it never develops... Read more Read less

Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are passionately in favor of gun control; do not want to sit through a lengthy play.

Don't see it if You are not into politics or have very conservative views; are expecting any revelations or unique insights on the topic of gun control;

Also Acting was good. Basic set stage. Just not much depth in the script wh... Read more Read less

Cliched, Dated, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're a right-winger who was a sucker for The West Wing, but not too down into the details

Don't see it if you're picky about stagecraft. It's badly cast, and feels like a cheesy lead-up to a final speech.

Clever, Ambitious

See it if You're looking for a thought provoking political piece with a few chuckles here and there

Don't see it if If you're looking to laugh the whole time or a musical

During previews
Plays like sitcom, Moment of truth comes 2 late to sustain interest, Excellent cast, Attractive staging, Depressing that assassination seems to be the answer

See it if earnest attempt to present issues of the day warrants your price of admission

Don't see it if school shootings, political mistruth, southern accents, electioneering, assassination, the NRA, 2nd amendment rights etc. rattle you

During previews
Ambitious, Political, One act

See it if you want light entertainment - lead actor is great!

Don't see it if you want much substance.

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you enjoy plays involving politics including religion and gun control.

Don't see it if you want to see something original, because this play is full of cliches and does not fully develop its goals. I give it a C- grade.

During previews
Dated, Funny, Too short

See it if You don't think anything changed since Trump was elected.

Don't see it if You like a well crafted full length play. It's a good one act.

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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