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

97
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You don't mind politics in your plays, and you can poke fun at today's political climate.

Don't see it if You are strictly a "party" (political) person who doesn't have a good sense of humor.

70
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if you enjoy good acting and some good lines

Don't see it if you're a bit bored of 'on the nose' approaches to politics

100
Absorbing, Funny, Clever

See it if You want to be challenged and entertained. If you love great performances and smart scripts

Don't see it if You want a shallow evening out

85
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You like a topical story about an important issue like gun control. More than that, the hypocrisy around it.

Don't see it if You don't like a political story.

75
Clever, Funny, Current, Political, Smart

See it if you like political drama

Don't see it if you are die-hard NRA

78
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You are open minded. If you like dramas. You love great acting with little scenery

Don't see it if You do not like a drama

85
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You are interested in the topic of gun violence/gun control. It starts as a humorous a sit com but ends up in a serious place. Well written

Don't see it if You're not interested in the topic.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if To be entertained and leave with something to think about. Very very well done!

Don't see it if You want to see a musical

60
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

100
Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You like shows that make you laugh heartily! See it if you care about important current events and appreciate a play that makes you think.

Don't see it if You've got your head in the sand.

80
Ambitious, Cliched, Funny

See it if you tend to like sitcom-type writing for the stage

Don't see it if you don't like shows that seem a little slapped together.

95
Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoy something interesting intelligent and witty!

Don't see it if If you want music and dancing only!

95
Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

See it if you like new plays about important topics that also have humor

Don't see it if you don't like to think while being entertained

99
Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Intense

See it if you want to be blown away by a great political drama that is also funny

Don't see it if you don't like what i described above

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Hilarious, Profound, Resonant

See it if love excellent acting and story telling, you are passionate about politics and story telling. You enjoy laughing and crying.

Don't see it if if you don't like having your beliefs and opinions challenged. If you have no interest in gun safety.

100
Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Must see, Brilliant

See it if you like new plays that tackle big topics with humor, heart and honesty. The Senator and his wife are brilliant! best play of the season!

Don't see it if you are not interested in hearing important words (that must be heard right now!) delivered brilliantly.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to enjoy the performance of a great actor at work - Rob Nagle. Thought provoking, topical, cleverly written, short and to the point

Don't see it if you are religious and don't want to debate the relevance of guns in U.S. Society (actually you are the folks who should see this play.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You are invested in the future of America, and the safety and sanctity of life.

Don't see it if You want fluff, light hearted, easy theater.

100
Brilliant, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you love great theatre! you like to think, laugh and cry all in less than 75 minutes!

Don't see it if you don't want to hear other points of view

100
Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if U want 2 see incredible acting matched w/ brilliant writing. Cast of 4 is stellar, especially Nagle & Sikora as Senator & wife! MUST SEE!

Don't see it if you don't like comedy mixed with drama or political theatre-- but really this is not political theatre - it's just great theatre!

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You like political theatre, and theatre that tackles difficult issues in a heartfelt, humous way.

Don't see it if You think that politics has no place on stage, and you could care less about the difficult decisions politicians in red states have to make.

100
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if you like great theatre. I loved this play ! So timely and hilarious! it is brilliantly written.

Don't see it if i can't think of a reason not to see it.

100
Must see, Riveting, Hilarious, Great writing, Epic

See it if HOLY COW! this play was brilliant! i loved every second, every word, every character! The cast, directing and writing are impeccable!

Don't see it if nothing to say here... no sane, smart person would not enjoy this play. it's 75 minutes of brilliance!

100
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if entertaining and thought-provoking theatre excites you. you like a fast paced funny play that packs a serious punch

Don't see it if you want to stay in your bubble

95
Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you like smart, edgy theatre with a message wrapped in an entertaining, thoughtful, funny, sad package

Don't see it if you'd rather watch reality TV or a a bad musical. this is stuff of great live theatre!


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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