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God Said This

From 142 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant, Funny, Entertaining

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. 

Member Reviews (142)


Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant, Funny, Entertaining
Avg Score

Resonant, Funny, Sentimental, Sad, Moving

See it if Family with broken relationships rallies around mother's cancer. Realistic and sad. Redemption through kindness. Many tears.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy relatable family drama, focused on character development and relationships. A little sappy & predictable.

Well done, realistic set of a hospital room, Thought-provoking, Some good acting, some overdone, A bit too long

See it if Some of the acting was very good. But there was also too much screaming at times to convey emotion. Not much humor.

Don't see it if you would not enjoy a play taking place in a hospital room concerning someone dying of cancer. So many problems (not just cancer). Too much.

Also Might be cathartic for some, too much for others...

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if This is a family drama about what it is like to face a severe illness in a family that is basically dysfunctional. Mends fences.

Don't see it if You have recently lost a family member to a long-term illness. There is a minimal amount of profanity.

Also The characters in this play are very real, and the subject matter is s... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you love family dramas, redemption,good acting, well written stories, terrific set.Makes you think about forgiveness, love, patience.

Don't see it if you detest loud rock music playing before the show.Show has NOTHING to do with that world.No idea why they chose such awful music.

Absorbing, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if you like plays with realism and seemingly genuine characters, are interested in play about family coping with a dying family member.

Don't see it if you don't want to be confronted with story about a dying relative. Audience members were crying, most likely because the play is relatable.

Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Predictable

See it if An absorbing story of how a strained family deals with their mother’s cancer treatment. Good performances. Amusing.

Don't see it if I wish the characters were better developed. With the exception of the father, the portraits were quite superficial.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You understand the complex nature of families each dealing with their own demons. You laugh. You cry.

Don't see it if You seek fluff or have trouble confronting your own issues as portrayed by a fine troupe

Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want a well written, beautifully performed play that will have you caught up in a family experience that you can relate to.

Don't see it if No reason. Go see it. It is worth your time.

Sad yet hopeful, Average, Entertaining

See it if You like family dramas with many of the normal issues.

Don't see it if You're sensitive to stories about people with cancer.

Also While I didn't love this play, I didn't dislike it either. There were ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Relevant, Great acting

See it if want a glimpse into a family and their drama as they deal with ailing family members and each other

Don't see it if you don't want to see themes and stories around cancer and addicition and how those affecct families

Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if Family drama and dysfunction can make you laugh.

Don't see it if End of life stories upset you. This is very honest, focused and laugh out loud funny.

Also Well written, mostly, and truthful. I’ve never been to an AA meeting w... Read more Read less

Clever, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to get involve with the characters. It makes you think and challenge your sensibility

Don't see it if If some religious overtone present a problem

Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You appreciate skillful writing about sensitive subjects-family dynamics, illness, death, love. Wonderfully directed and acted, a winner.

Don't see it if You have no patience for a sensitive story without dancing girls.

Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like dealing with a dysfunctional family that eventually comes together

Don't see it if you have no interest in a biracial dysfunctional family or dislike dealing with chronic illness [cancer]

Refreshing, Delightful

See it if This was great, and totally unexpected. A tear-jerker in the best sense of the word. Family portrait draws through a full set of emotions.

Don't see it if Uneven in some scenes, but always worth the payoff emotionally. I imagine some viewers might find this "too much"

Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if want to observe biracial family coming to terms with difficult years of growing up. Good story, familiar with humor.

Don't see it if you have had your fill of family drama, are triggered by addiction and parenthood.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if A poignant complex story about family ties, illness, coping mechanisms and survival.

Don't see it if If stories about family and illness are not what you are in mood for

Beautiful, Caustic, Bittersweet, Bold, Relevant

See it if you seek the rare delight of a sharp-tongued, bitterly funny play that somehow also feels like a warm hug, so kind and human.

Don't see it if you're put off by portrayals of terminal illness that may hit too close to home, or occasional loud and aggressively combative dialogue.

Also Yes, there is something to say about how important it is to see Asian-... Read more Read less

Great acting, Uplifting, Formulaic

See it if You like very well acted family dramas with an uplifting, though sad, ending

Don't see it if You believe that uplifting endings are too corny. You have a problem with foul language or seeing graphic depictions of sickness

Also This has some of the best acting I have ever seen, and I have seen a l... Read more Read less

Resonant, Intelligent, Nothing special

See it if you are into family dramas with interesting relationships but no big surprises

Don't see it if cancer and chemo are sensitive topics for you. Also alcoholism and fertility challenges

Also It's a very sweet and honest family drama, but I expected something mo... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you're interested in seeing how a story about cancer can be infused with great humor; seeing multiracial stories on stage; tight 90 minutes!

Don't see it if no reason i can think of

Banal, Cliched, Great acting, Disappointing, Tepid

See it if You have never experienced how a death in the family brings out the best, worst, and all in-between. Or just to see Jay Patterson's perform

Don't see it if You have,

Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Must see

See it if What a great story -- very moving and quite funny while tackling serious issues. Worth seeing and a talented new playwright!

Don't see it if You want a musical.

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You're interested in a story that deals heavily with the ideas of how we untangle ourselves from the long arms of grief.

Don't see it if You're not interested in understanding or navigating grief.

Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you enjoy family relationships that are discussed and tested during the course of the mother's chemotherapy which bring the family together.

Don't see it if you're not interested in family drama and don't want to watch a mother's chemotherapy experiences on stage which serve as the catalyst.

January 29th, 2019
"A bumpy ride...She sets out not only to bust stereotypes about submissive Japanese-American women but also to rescue hick Kentuckians, intolerant Christians, ‘tiger moms’ and even the dying from the broad brush of caricature. Mission accomplished, though at a cost to coherence...An endless cycle...
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January 29th, 2019
"Winkler’s characters overflow with unexpected contradictions and loaded repartee that make them seem to exist beyond the confines of this story...That verisimilitude, bolstered by solid performances from the cast, is the finest attribute of this vivid character study. But although 'God Said This...
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February 12th, 2019
“’God Said This’ is superior to its predecessor in every way but one...The new play is a vehicle without a dramatic motor. Winkler charts small changes to her characters, but mostly this is an evening of sitting around as they attend to Masako. Some problems have carried over...But ‘God Said This...
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January 29th, 2019
"To say there is something in 'God Said This' for everyone sounds trite, but it's accurate...Winkler knows we're each only the leading characters in our own life stories. The play delicately weaves together different genres, once again replicating the unpredictability of existence. One moment it'...
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