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

89
Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Fair

See it if you like political themes; you like a twist at the end; you like fair presentation of all sides with humor and heart;

Don't see it if you hate southerners; you do not like politically themed plays that are current; you don't like guns; you dislike Jesus infused in stories;

Also all sides represented; while there is a point of view of the play you ... Read more Read less

60
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

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if great writing; lead actor was fantastic; relevant topics no matter what side you fall on.

Don't see it if only four actors; 75 minutes; you are closed minded on the issue of gun control

75
Funny, Good acting, Entertaining

See it if you don't get agitated by a (possibly) differing political/religious/moral viewpoint.

Don't see it if you don't have a taste for a plate of politico that comes with 2 sides (religion and gun control)

Also i was dragged kicking & screaming to this one, but was pleasantly surp... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You want to watch political dramas and care about issues about Christianity in politics and gun violence.

Don't see it if You are a supporter of an orange president. The first half of the play is better than the second half.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You appreciate excellent writing, a thoroughly worked out story, and highly competent acting and directing. One of the best plays I have see

Don't see it if You object to being moved. Seriously, everyone must see this play.

Also What a fabulous play. It did not last long enough in NY, but with luck... Read more Read less

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

79
Absorbing, Resonant, Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if no matter what your party, u will find the result of a politician's change of heart, after a shooting of innocent children, a worthy story

Don't see it if you're narrow minded, & out for typical Broadway fare. If you aren't drawn to any of the political dramas on television, I'd skip this one!

70
Entertaining, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in gun culture in America and struggling with questions of faith. Good acting. Good script.

Don't see it if gun control is an issue for you. If you are uncomfortable with issues of faith and politics.

78
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing, Introspective

See it if for a politician struggling with his conscience versus being pragmatic

Don't see it if you expect a comedy

73
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a play deal with politics, religion and gun control.

Don't see it if This was veiled as a comedy, but really this was a serious play.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if If you like to look at our society and its relation to our gun laws.This play highlighted the fact that something needs to be done.

Don't see it if If you are a proponent of the current gun laws.It probably would do you no good as well as change your stance about current laws.

70
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Banal

See it if if you like political theater and appreciate good acting but mostly want entertainment,

Don't see it if you prefer gripping unusual theater that is complex

89
Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You're interested in issues relating to gun violence

Don't see it if You're not interested in issues dealing with gun violence or are offended by profanity

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.

88
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like comedies

Don't see it if you don't like comedies

70
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Cliched

See it if You'd like a refreshing take on a serious blue/red conflict: right-wing gun nut/jesus freak politician comes to his senses, yet at a cost.

Don't see it if Lead actor is very good in a well-written part. Other characters are less well-drawn and performances are less polished.

80
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if A fresh look at the politics of religion & sympathetic portrayal of a figure oft-aligned in theater - a Southern Baptist good ol' boy.

Don't see it if you're looking for scathing satire or raucous comedy - this has humor but at its core is a serious & heartfelt look at USA's gun crisis.

Also The lead male actor is stunning in a role that would be too often "ste... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Short

See it if you like to see behind the scenes dynamics of a politican, his wife & staff as they deal w/ their conflicting political & personal values.

Don't see it if you expect more comedy than serious treatment of the subject matter: of gun laws, a politician's faith & how this affects his politics.

85
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clever, Funny

See it if You enjoy dark comedies about current political realities. This play addresses gun violence is a very direct and constructive way.

Don't see it if You don't like to mix politics with your entertainment. This show hits you over the head with its political perspective.

Also Ideal for democrats and progressives who want to confirm what they alr... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if you want an edifying look at what compassionate conservatives would be like if they were true to the values they proclaim.

Don't see it if you can't handle some amateur moments. Lead actor was fantastic though and made a script that could be preachy in the wrong hands sing.

Also This play is worth seeing no matter where on the political spectrum yo... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You'd enjoy a political drama set in North Carolina. It's advertised as a serious comedy but I would never describe it as a comedy.

Don't see it if You're not open to hearing political opinions that may differ from yours

70
Absorbing, Clever, Relevant

See it if You enjoy your political drama mixed with a lot of humor and relevance. The acting is terrific.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about political intrigue, morality and issue related dialogue.

70
Relevant, Disappointing, Not funny

See it if you want an optimistic political theater.

Don't see it if you expect a "comedy" -- it's not particularly funny.

78
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a play that reflects current political issues in an entertaining manner in a good production.

Don't see it if You want to completely escape the world of politics.


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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