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God Said This

From 15 critic and 139 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. 



66
Front Mezz Junkies

“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.” Full Review

65
Theatre's Leiter Side

"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." Full Review

65
New York Stage Review

“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.” Full Review

55
The New York Times

"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." 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


69
A bit too long, Some good acting, some overdone, Thought-provoking, Well done, realistic set of a hospital room

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...

66
Entertaining, Disappointing, Cliched, Clever

See it if Unique characters in an cliched plot. Humorous take on a family dealing with alcoholism and cancer.

Don't see it if The two characters who represent the future are one-dimensional. Becomes tiresome and predictable.

60
Tepid, Disappointing, Great acting, Cliched, Banal

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,

55
Funny, Quirky, Disappointing, Clever

See it if you want to see a show that explores family dynamics and alcoholism and race with a cast of five

Don't see it if one of those 5 cast members being such an excruciatingly bad actor ruins much of the good work the other artists are doing. It's a shame.

69
During previews
Uneven, Slow, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You're interested in stories of coping w/ a loved who has cancer. The strongest scenes were the ones with the 2 daughters.

Don't see it if Performances were a bit uneven and the pacing drags occasionally. Could tighten up through preview period.

69
During previews
Slow, Cliched, Well written, Has good moments

See it if you like plays about cancer and how families deal or family dramas or, better yet, if you want to support new voices in the theater

Don't see it if don't like plays about cancer or about people of faith dealing with the disease

Also "God Said This" is a well-meaning play about a mother with late stage ... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Great staging, Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy dramas about dysfunctional families, dealing with a dying parent, confronting and accepting the past.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with character dying of cancer. Some writing was good but at times seemed too much like a sappy melodrama.

68
During previews
Slow, Resonant, Sad, Funny, Intense

See it if you're interested in family dynamics, the story of one child returning home to deal with a dying parent and the other child who stayed.

Don't see it if you'd prefer to avoid stories about cancer. you'd prefer shows not centered on an abusive/alcoholic dad. you're looking for a happy ending.

68
During previews
Not quite there.

See it if You like talky family dramas that bring nothing new to the story.

Don't see it if You want an inventive good drama.

67
During previews
Slow, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in an end-of-life story with cliche family drama.

Don't see it if You are expecting the plays description...this play is not about Kentucky and it’s barely about religion.

Also I was really excited to see this play because I lived in Kentucky and ... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Disappointing, Relevant, Insipid, Funny, Banal

See it if You love family dramas or television sitcoms

Don't see it if uneven acting bothers you, you want fully explored character arcs and interpersonal histories

Also It is wonderful to see mostly solid performances, especially by Satomi... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Funny, Indulgent, Cliched, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You’re into some light fare about heavy subject matter.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for something with anything to say.

Also I went into this play with high expectations (it won the Yale Drama Pr... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Slow, Great acting, Cliched

See it if ... you like family drama surrounding the death of a parent. Interesting interracial family, but not explored.

Don't see it if ...you don't like stories about an abusive parent who changed.

60
During previews
Quirky, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if stuffed with sitcom humor and thin characters. unfortunately, the brutal subject matter act a substitute for dimensional​ characters

Don't see it if let down by all aspects of this piece. directing and design felt uninspired, and many performances felt cartoonish at times

56
During previews
Timely, Never-ending, Slow, Cliched

See it if You want to see a story about an Asian family even if there isn't specifically Asian about their story.

Don't see it if You want to find a portrait of a family that's relatable. Or if watching someone slowly succumb to death is triggering to you.

54
During previews
Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if Nice performances in a so-so play that has occasional moments of honesty.

Don't see it if There isn't much in the way of story or drama, and as a full play, the evening feels aimless and flat.

51
During previews
Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if you like family plays set in hospitals and the normal bag of problems like cancer, alcoholism, selfishness, Christianity, etc.

Don't see it if you're expecting something modern or fresh with the story.

50
During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Confusing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if family dysfunction mixed with a cancer patient is something you have been dying (pun intended) too see.

Don't see it if you can get tickets to Network.

50
During previews
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see the 2018 Yale drama series winning play.

Don't see it if You’d like to see a play with a tight plot and multi dimensional characters.

Also Everyone is certainly entitled to an opinion, but there’s nothing grea... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Slow, Excruciating, Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you don't understand family disfunction and never saw someone go through cancer therapy

Don't see it if you expect to see a good play worthy of your time

50
During previews
Lacks drama and/or insight, Emotionally distancing, Doesn't ring true, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a shallow story of family dysfunction-obviously with a much deeper backstory than is presented here; some amusing bits

Don't see it if you cannot abide watching a character dying of cancer & her self-involved family bickering & arguing over her hospital bed.

Also This story plays out as if the playwright was afraid to dig deeper int... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you have 100 minutes free. I always make an effort to find redeeming qualities in any production - this one, not so much.

Don't see it if loud, gratuitous profanity is not your thing.

Also I’m honestly not sure what other members saw - this play is tedious an... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Cliched, Simplistic, Sometimes-beautiful, Disappointing, Sometimes-funny

See it if you liked "Kentucky" (or so i've heard)/ you like family dramas that end on a bittersweet note

Don't see it if you seek a family of characters that relate to each other in developed/ non-cliched ways

Also I enjoyed the performances of the mother and father and I thought thei... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Insipid, Broad direction, Disappointing

See it if there's a worthwhile play here underneath the rural stereotypes, sitcom shtick and sappy melodrama this director has imposed on it.

Don't see it if you've already seen A Very Special Episode of The Dukes of Hazzard. A missed opportunity to know a loving if dysfunctional Kentucky family.

Also The veteran actors playing the parents brought genuine pain and love t... Read more Read less


Cast & Creatives (12)