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New York | 1h 45m | In Previews: Opens Jan 29

God Said This

From 4 critic and 71 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Entertaining, Relevant

About the show

Wry and bittersweet, Primary Stages's new drama is a portrait of five Godless and God-loving people finding that their struggles bring them together in unexpected ways.  More…

With her mom undergoing chemotherapy, Hiro, a NYC transplant, returns home to Kentucky after years away, struggling to let go of the demons she inherited. Sophie, her born-again Christian sister, confronts her faith while tackling inevitable adversity. James, their recovering alcoholic father, wants to repair his fractured relationship with his daughters. And John, an old classmate and thirty-something single dad, worries about leaving a lasting legacy for his only son. 



80
Louisville.com

for a previous production "A play about family and loss that connects deeply with its audience...The dysfunctional family is a ubiquitous theme in American culture...But she grounds her story in authenticity, and steps lightly around the multiple clichés that the material offers by giving the characters unique yet identifiable voices...Winkler detours away from her conventional narrative structure to carry us through final scenes that fill out the emotional needs of the story in a most satisfying manner." Full Review

75
WFPL

for a previous production "This story has ingredients contained within many Hallmark movie family dramas, but it mixes in familiarities local audiences will recognize...Winkler has written rich characters with dialogue that has an unpretentious familiarity to it coupled with undercurrents of complex wrought emotion...While the play is not about addiction, its timing is particularly thought-provoking as it premieres when Kentucky is dealing with all kinds of addiction issues." Full Review

70
Kentucky.com

for a previous production "The play’s technical and performance elements work together to create an engaging experience...However, except for references to local flair and the multicultural component of the show, it is treading on very familiar ground...While well-wrought and acted, 'God Said This' isn’t particularly original, but it does show Winkler’s talent for creating relatable characters and for writing scenes that give actors room to sink their teeth into a role." Full Review

60
KDHX.org

for a previous production "There is much to admire in 'God Said This,' beginning with the credible and often moving scenes between Masako and James...But there are issues. The daughters are both fairly one-dimensional and frankly unappealing characters, and their dialogue feels more trite than that of the parents...There's not quite enough material here to cover its two acts and some story elements felt a bit like padding." Full Review


97
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Riveting, Great writing

See it if My cousin once asked me “don’t you get tired of seeing so much crap?” I told her that once in a while you see something that is great.

Don't see it if If you don’t want to laugh and cry at the same play

97
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Must see, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you want a funny, touching, excellent play that flies by and leaves you wanting more

Don't see it if if you are triggered by cancer or strong language, but see this anyway!

93
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Great writing

See it if If you enjoy plays that touch the human spirit in a deep way. Really keeps you involved.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays that deal with cancer.

93
During previews
Enchanting, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging, Heart-touching

See it if Like play performed by 5 supertalanted actors, who make you to believe that they are real stuggling family hoping for the miracle

Don't see it if dislike any cancer related issues,do not want to cry and to feel empathy. Had cancer related death in family-will bring sad memories back.

Also Free Facial tissue are given after the end of the show, should be give... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Engaging, Meaningful, Heartening

See it if This show hits all the marks successfully. A play to which anyone who has parents (esp old or sick) & siblings, can relate. Funny & poignant

Don't see it if It's a sassy, fun play which has moments of uncomfortable unavoidable truths which will occur when estranged family must reunite. Well done~

Also Sorry-really didnt have critisicm w/out nit-picking! I suppose if you ... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like a good family drama. What are the mediocre reviews about? This was good! Great acting all around; I got emotional. The daughters

Don't see it if Were EXCEPTIONAL. The set was amazing. It works for the religious and non religious. Tonya Pinkins was in my audience- I was extra thrilled

90
During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Cleverly staged

See it if you have ever cared about a family member and suffered loss. This show will make you think but inspire you to relive the happy times.

Don't see it if you can not deal with reality.

90
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Great writing, Emotional

See it if you appreciate a cathartic deep dive into navigating problematic familial and other relationships and quest for meaning in life and death.

Don't see it if you need surprise and brilliantly inventive resolution of life’s complexity and obstacles, comedy, or a musical. Scenario is trite & cliche.

Also Some scenes seem intended solely for a laugh or to provide an answer t... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing

See it if U want 2 c realistic situations + depictions of a family in the throes of fatal cancer.There r funny moments but this play is brutaly honest

Don't see it if If realistic and ugly cancer situations are going to bother you.

89
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a story about life, death, change, slight redemption, and never fully understanding why bad things happen to good people

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show about cancer, or want a highly comedic play without serious undertones, or want a musical

Also It was hard for me to score this play. Of course, the cancer was the m... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a play about family and their struggles. You want to laugh and also have some scenes that will pull at your heart strings.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to someone that was struggling with a type of addiction. You don't like plays about a family and their struggles.

Also This lay was very absorbing. There were some scenes that were very fun... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Indulgent, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you want an entertaining evening dealing with not so entertaining subjects. Thanks to terrific acting and direction the play is saved.

Don't see it if you don't like family dramas that have Hollywood endings.

84
During previews
Uneven, Affecting, Redemptive, Well played

See it if you’d like to see a deeply felt portrait of an imperfect family & how the illness of 1 of its members utterly changes its internal dynamics

Don't see it if you cannot endure the graphic presentation of illness.

Also I’ve been the caretaker of a declining father. I found the handling of... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a drama about a dysfunctional family coming together in a time of serious illness. Great performances all around.

Don't see it if Themes of death and suffering might disturb you. Some parts are represented very graphically.

84
During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Resonant

See it if You like small family dramas

Don't see it if You can't take family conflict on stage

84
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You like dramas about dysfunctional families that all are interesting and fully developed characters.

Don't see it if YOu can't see death or dying. Or, you just don't like dramas

83
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You like to see a well acted, well written show in an intimate setting

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

82
During previews
Relevant, Touching, Well written, Superb acting, A bit slow at first

See it if you like plays that are touching about family dynamics, fine writing, realistic characters and people trying to cope with life's problems.

Don't see it if you dislike plays that involve cancer, family conflict and are serious, realistic and quite sad.

82
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You are interested in how illness brings a family together.

Don't see it if You won't feel comfortable seeing a show where one of the main characters has cancer.

81
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you live in the real world and have an appreciation for family relationships and how illness forces interactions that otherwise are avoided.

Don't see it if you are bothered by the troubles of illness and how it tears at loved ones and causes friction and love.

81
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Very moving

See it if you like a drama with lots of emotion, about relationships with both other people and God. Very excellent acting and dialogue.

Don't see it if you do not like discussion of cancer or its effects or of its treatment. This is not a religious show but there is discussion about God.

Also It starts slow but by the end of the play, the drama becomes extremely... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Cliched, Well-acted, Well-written

See it if you like dark comedies by up and coming young playwrights about dysfunctional families coming together in a crisis.

Don't see it if you've seen enough plays staged in a hospital room where a family deals with its past conflicts.

81
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great staging

See it if You enjoy new young writers. You like plays about families. You like small intimate stories.

Don't see it if You would’ve upset be frank discussions and portrayal of chemo & cancer. You’re looking for something light or fluffy.

Also The realism of the cancer & chemo was a bit much for me.... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Touching dramedy of family dealing with mother's cancer

See it if Good ole Kentucky boy meets Japanese girl in Calif, brings her home, has 2 daughters. He gets drunk, she gets cancer. Lots of tears & laughs

Don't see it if Gets mawkish at times. Sometimes hard to watch the cancer patient suffer. The Asian-American daughters' differences are well portrayed.

80
During previews
Funny, Clever, Intense, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if You like small cast shows about family drama, great writing with lots of funny, clever moments about serious topics.

Don't see it if You want something splashy or are looking for intricate sets. You don't want to see a show that deals with cancer and hospitals.


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$35 January 16 - 20
$45 January 22 - February 3 
$55 February 6 - 15
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$35 for Performances January 16-20 
$45 for Performances January 22- February 3 
$55 for Performances February 6-15
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Must purchase by 1/29/19. Offer not valid two hours prior to performance time of desired performance. All sales final. No refunds or exchanges. Not valid on previous purchases. Offer subject to availability and may be modified or revoked at any time.


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