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

31
Insipid, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a play that deals with very serious topics( guns, faith & politics ) with a simple staging

Don't see it if You want to avoid a play that deals with guns & faith. It pretends to be a serious "work" but in the end is like a bad and long SNL sketch

Also I don't recommend New World Stages to anybody. They are the rudest peo... Read more Read less

30
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Illogical

See it if you enjoy mediocrely written liberal porn. You enjoy low-brow easy laughs.

Don't see it if you prefer nuanced and thought-provoking shows about politics, religion, and guns. You don't enjoy caricaturish plays the rely on cliche.

18
Exhausting, Shallow, Self-serious, Bad material

See it if you really, really like political clickbait. This is basically clickbait onstage - somehow both histrionic and deathly banal.

Don't see it if you want any depth, nuance, or humor in your politics. Or your theater. Woof. Swing and a miss.

34
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you want to watch bad theatre

Don't see it if you like good theatre

During previews
26
Cliched, Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You think a crass putdown is the height of hilarity

Don't see it if You have fond memories of West Wing

Also Good acting. Script is simplistic, characters are cardboard, cliches a... Read more Read less

During previews
30
Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a play about gun violence, not actually about Church & State like it suggests. The play is afraid of its own ambitions.

Don't see it if You want a story that actually says something, instead of throwing thorny political issues at the wall and seeing what sticks.

During previews
34
Dated, Indulgent, Poorly written

See it if You enjoy an evening of cliches

Don't see it if You enjoy good acting or a good script

Also Everyone is acting with a capital A. The accents are ridiculous, there... Read more Read less


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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