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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant, Funny, Entertaining

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.

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

60
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,

55
Clever, Disappointing, Quirky, Funny

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.

66
Clever, Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining

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.

During previews
69
Relevant, Entertaining, Slow, Uneven

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.

During previews
68
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.

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

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.

During previews
51
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

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.

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

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

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

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.

During previews
60
Cliched, Great acting, Slow

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.

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

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

During previews
60
Cliched, Disappointing, Quirky

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

During previews
69
Entertaining, Cliched, Disappointing, Great staging

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.

During previews
50
Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

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

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

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

During previews
67
Disappointing, Relevant, Slow

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

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

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.

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

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

During previews
50
Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

During previews
50
Disappointing, Broad direction, Insipid

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


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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