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)


Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining
Avg Score

During previews
Clever, Absorbing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like delightful off Broadway productions. You not only like good drama but like to walk away thinking. Good art reveals itself slowly.

Don't see it if You would rather sit home and watch mindless TV.

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you enjoy plays involving politics including religion and gun control.

Don't see it if you want to see something original, because this play is full of cliches and does not fully develop its goals. I give it a C- grade.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you have any opinion on gun restriction, religion, or politics. Or if you're looking for a piece of thoughtful, moving theatre.

Don't see it if you aren't ready to be shaken to your core and maybe shed a tear or two.

Also The writing of this show was brilliant, and I was lucky enough to atte... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if This is a a gripping, timely, and entertaining play. I plan on seeing it a second time! Highly recommend.

Don't see it if If you have no interest in spending a wonderful night at the theater.

During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Must see

See it if If you enjoy thought provoking writing that will challenge your point of view no matter what side of the political spectrum you're on.

Don't see it if you take yourself or your religious beliefs too seriously.

During previews
Must see, Riveting, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like new plays about relevant subjects that make you think, laugh and feel. You like fast paced entertaining theatre!

Don't see it if You are closed-minded or have no sense of humor or like to sleep or unwrap candy at the theatre.

Also Best new play in New York right now! Go see it! And tell everyone you ... Read more Read less

During previews
Dated, Funny, Too short

See it if You don't think anything changed since Trump was elected.

Don't see it if You like a well crafted full length play. It's a good one act.

During previews
Relevant, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You enjoy fast-paced, funny, intelligent dialogue about politics. It is entertaining and thought-provoking, packing a lot in only 70-minutes

Don't see it if Everyone should see it! No matter which side of the political aisle you lean, this play resonates. Timely, engrossing, and powerful.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to see something thought provoking and emotional with the right amount of levity.

Don't see it if You're uninterested in political issues.

During previews
Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You like a comedy with purpose and relevance.

Don't see it if You don't like mixing comedy and drama.

During previews
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if You enjoy great acting and dialogue that keeps you entertained and engaged for 75 minutes. Show is thought provoking-in a good way.

Don't see it if if you must have an intermission!

During previews
Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate intelligent discourse about politics and current events. While the topic is heavy, the humor keeps it just light enough.

Don't see it if are close-minded about gun control.

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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