God Said This
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God Said This

God Said This NYC Reviews and Tickets

(142 Ratings)
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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. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (142)

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86 Reviews | 10 Followers
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 Read more

80 Reviews | 26 Followers
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. Read more

570 Reviews | 87 Followers
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.

187 Reviews | 21 Followers
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.

121 Reviews | 22 Followers
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"

125 Reviews | 12 Followers
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

56 Reviews | 4 Followers
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.

304 Reviews | 38 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
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 of collision and regrouping, with pieces of plot hurtling at the characters from every direction...When it gets out of the way of its big agenda it has wonderful small things to say."
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Time Out New York
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' grapples with compelling themes...the narrative isn't particularly cohesive or convincing...Winkler brings a singular voice and important perspective to the stage, but her Hiro’s journey wanders."
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Lighting & Sound America
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’ is a relatively painless example of the genre, with some expert actors and real moments of insight. It's not an attraction to go out of your way for, but...you're likely to have a pretty good time.”
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Talkin' Broadway
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's all sitcom-y harmless fun, the next it's ripping your heart out...An evening spent with this family at the theater, is an evening where humanity is on display in its rawest form."
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New York Stage Review
January 30th, 2019

“A new play that may well ring a few bells of recognition with anybody who ever felt like an outsider among their kin...The playwright drew upon some personal experiences to create this engaging, if unexceptional, dramedy...Since the story regards mother-daughter-sister relationships more than otherwise, it’s curious that the two male figures have been developed with richer detail and color...The production and its design are competent rather than inspired, as are the performances.”
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February 11th, 2019

"Theatergoers who have been in the same situation as Leah Nanako Winkler's characters in 'God Said This' may be very moved; others may be put off by the disagreeable nature of the majority of these people, family members who in other circumstances you would not want to get to know or spend time with. In any event, under the assured direction of Morgan Gould, the quintet of actors has some juicy if familiar roles to sink their teeth into."
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Front Row Center
February 3rd, 2019

"My fingers are poised now over this keyboard and I am trying to compose a series of words to get you, Dear Reader, to understand that I witnessed a miracle last night. You don’t get the perfect blend often in New York theatre performances...Winkler’s writing goes deep into the real...I love this family. I want them to make it...You can’t, you can’t, you can’t miss this show. Really. I’m not kidding. This is gold I’m giving you here."
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Front Mezz Junkies
February 5th, 2019

“Directed with a haphazard whiplash style by Gould, the punches come wild and free...Winkler does a credible job bringing in doses of humor and rage...’God Said This’ tries to say way too much about way too many things. I just wanted Winkler to let God have just a few less pointed things to say in order to make this piece tighter, clearer, and more emotionally real...I enjoyed the creations of character, but had no desire to go to the wake and give comfort to these complicated souls.”
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