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

70
Great acting, Entertaining, Confusing, Predictable

See it if you think mass shootings will bring about gun control and need an additional shove in that direction

Don't see it if you are a realist and need a more profound look at the gun issue and a belief in God.

Also The show moves well in terms of acting. It just really doesn't move yo... Read more Read less

65
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.

82
Relevant, Interesting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You like plays wonderfully acted about current topics -that make you think, without hitting you over the head.

Don't see it if You are not open to interpretation of ideas.

78
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if If a short play, about 70 minutes, that covers politics, faith and gun violence sounds interesting. See it.

Don't see it if If you feel that there should be no regulations on who can own any type of gun. Do not go.

85
Resonant, Entertaining, Clever

See it if enjoy when a heavy topic is addressed in a light but poignant way - its a very relevant subject.

Don't see it if you like fluffier topics

55
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

84
Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you want to see a small, talented cast perform a play that deals with politics, religion, and gun-violence.

Don't see it if you want an uplifting show. Although they did a good job navigating relevant issues, I felt like they were preaching to the choir.

75
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you love political behind the scenes stories. Nothing particularly new here re church & state debate but terrific performance by Rob Nagle.

Don't see it if you don't like anything having to do with politics and religion and gun control.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if small cast of empathic actors, enacting a passionate, balanced debate over the role of religion in politics; greatly moving & worthwhile

Don't see it if You dislike heavy political topics (gun violence), even though there was a good deal of comedic relief, well-delivered

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.

92
Move over oslo, this is a play that resonates with americans who have a brain

See it if You want to feel something personal: and what works is the even handed way the playwright makes his case. Guns: the "American Dream": NO!

Don't see it if You love Trump and the rest of the idiots who make you want to vomit in the current administrations.

Also Worth the admission price: the writing has bite and the performances a... Read more Read less

75
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if liberal issues of the day are a central interest. Good twist late in the show.

Don't see it if You are conservative or unwilling to hear a passionate rant on a crisis of faith.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You are looking for a funny yet serious play about Politics, God, & Gun Control. It has great acting and a number of great lines.

Don't see it if You are expecting a large production with a fancy stage or if you expect it to be about what is currently happening in the White House.

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like a good political drama.

Don't see it if You're over elections and politics

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want a brilliantly acting cohesive team providing a stimulating politically astute play.

Don't see it if You don't want to think about the political and moral implications of our actions.

77
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you're interested in political theater ( mixture of comedy and drama) AND see the actor, Rob Nagle.

Don't see it if you don't have an open mind, politically.

Also Rob Nagle is excellent (in fact the whole cast is VERY good): but, one... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Timely

See it if you enjoy political theater that is very current and relevant

Don't see it if you only want fluff that you dont need to think about

95
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You enjoy an extremely well acted,well written play about issues that need to be discussed. A funny play about a serious issue-gun control

Don't see it if You want singing and dancing. This is a very talented cast bringing light to a topical issue.

95
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy comedies with a message. The acting is uniformily fine. It is well paced and it has a gripping ending.

Don't see it if You cannot tolerate Southern accents or too easy ethnic or regional jokes.

96
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in an intelligent discussion about gun control presented with a dramatic, compelling story.

Don't see it if You are unwilling to listen to well reasoned arguments against your position on gun control (no matter which side you are on).

98
Entertaining, Excellently acted, Serious comedy, Must see, Surprising

See it if you want to see a well written play performed by an excellent cast. Fast paced and very topical.

Don't see it if you don't like short plays with a lot of dialogue in a small theater dealing with politics and religion in a humorous but serious manner.

82
Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a thoughtful take on the intersection of religion and politics.

Don't see it if you don't like hearing about touchy, political topics.

100
Absorbing, Intense, Profound

See it if You enjoy thought provoking theatre

Don't see it if You have personal loss from shootings

90
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You care about the contemporary moment and issues facing the nation. You're a questioning religious person, you want to laugh

Don't see it if You don't like your beliefs being questioned (if you're pro gun or very religious) it's difficult for you to follow quick, often dry humor

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to see a show about topical issues.

Don't see it if you are looking for a light evening of entertainment.


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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