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

96
Funny, Entertaining, Edgy, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You keep up with politics and political controversy. It parallels real life politics so I think an open mind is important.

Don't see it if your political views are extreme. This is not a musical either so for those who like musicals, you will be disappointed.

78
Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You're interested in relevant and truthful productions.

Don't see it if You need a huge budget and spectacle to please you.

79
Absorbing, Topical,original,

See it if you like theater that deals with the political world and thought-provoking issues.

Don't see it if you dislike plays that deal with serious issues with an important message.

74
Absorbing, Clever, Resonant

See it if Like contemporary topics.

Don't see it if Politics turns u off.

83
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like political plays which tackle current issues.

Don't see it if You find straight plays and politically themed plays boring.

80
Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you like plays about relevant subject matter. Gun Control if you loved- On The Exhale at Roundabout's Black Box theatre this past spring

Don't see it if you don't like to see a play that feels like it still needs work

50
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

85
Great staging, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Funny

See it if You like topical comedy

Don't see it if You are cynical

34
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you want to watch bad theatre

Don't see it if you like good theatre

85
Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if If you love politics and great philosophical questions

Don't see it if If you are looking for a musical

95
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if As a foreigner from a country neither politics nor religion are of a topic of daily conversation, every script was powerful and eye-opening.

Don't see it if you are looking for comedy, not "serious comedy"

89
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if Can find politics funny.

Don't see it if Have no sense of humor.

52
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

100
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You want an intelligent discussion of politics and life.

Don't see it if You feel you think the current political machine it running smoothly with no need for improvement.

100
Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if Clever really good

Don't see it if Very funny

96
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Riveting, Must see

See it if Smart and surprising play about government and what happens when a republican stops believing all the bs. very funny and surprisingly moving

Don't see it if You rather see a musical.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Excruciating, Resonant, Intense

See it if You are concerned about society You appreciate excellent acting You appreciatre small, exquisetly acted plays that pack a wallop

Don't see it if You aren't concerned about the NRA you have no feelings about the world around us you don't like small intimate theatre that leaves a messag

77
Contemporary,powerful dynamic

See it if Present day drama, wonderful lead actor and his wife with all her southern charm. We live and breathe this on CNN and what really goes on

Don't see it if if you hate anything political.....the playwright has a wonderful way with words you might change your mind

51
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.

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

See it if You like timely, funny, moving, well-written and acted theater. A terrific night at the theater.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it!

70
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you have an appetite for campaign politics.

Don't see it if you're looking for a deep plot.

90
Intense, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You're into politics and want something thought-provoking.

Don't see it if You're a Republican.

71
Clever, Funny

See it if You like political satire which is funny and absorbing

Don't see it if You don't like to "work" at your Plays

91
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You enjoy great acting

Don't see it if You are afraid of loud sounds

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like a smart comedy drama about politics

Don't see it if can't handle any questioning of God's relevance in society


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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