God Said This
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God Said This
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God Said This NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(142 Reviews)
Positive
82%
Mixed
17%
Negative
1%
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. 

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Member Reviews (142)

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80
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.

69
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. Read more

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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TheaterScene.net
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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Theatre's Leiter Side
February 8th, 2019

"Good-natured but uneven new dramedy…A standard-issue work in which a loved one's illness brings together the disparate members of a dysfunctional family…Composed with heavy doses of profanity and a sweetly schmaltzy flashback conclusion, 'God Said This' maintains its essentially plotless momentum by exploring the personal quirks of its characters…Gould's direction calls for so much forced hysteria, anger, and shouting that any honest feelings are smothered in thespian artificiality."
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Gotham Playgoer
January 29th, 2019

"The play would have been better if it had kept its sole focus on the family members. Winkler has a way with relatable characters and a satiric touch that takes the edge off a basically tragic situation. The play raises the issue of the good being punished while the undeserving thrive without providing any illuminating insights. The cast is uniformly strong...There are some fine moments, but the play drags occasionally and the various strands do not come together with complete success."
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Broadway & Me
February 9th, 2019

“Specific and universal drama about a fractured family...It pulses with an authenticity and a generosity of spirit steeped in that lived experience. And although laced with wry humor, ‘God Said This’ also dares to ponder serious questions about what it means to live a good life or to have a good death...The play admirably manages to sidestep every conventional trope it encounters...A fresh riff on an old standard...A lovely showcase for the play, filled with entertaining performances.”
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KDHX.org
March 24th, 2018
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."
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WFPL
March 17th, 2018
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."
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K
March 8th, 2018
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."
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L
March 3rd, 2018
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."
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