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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

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You and/or your family have experienced the struggling of illness and the strain of family relationships.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fluffy, carefree, light show.

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.

Intelligent, Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy family drama

Don't see it if you don't like family drama, plays with no intermission, plays about cancer, or sprawling plots.

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.

Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if are interested in a family drama.

Don't see it if want a comedy.

Also It's worth seeing. I will say that it does feel "formulaic" - dying mo... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Relevant

See it if you're up for a tightly written script, great performances (Jay Patterson is stunning), and satisfying family drama.

Don't see it if hospital rooms or medical dramas make you ill.

Also A story about a family member's illness bringing a family together is ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if you enjoy gripping family dramas

Don't see it if you want only comedy

Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Go before it ends

See it if The acting and staging was excellent. A difficulty show about relationships ND CHANGES MADE. BY ALL.

Don't see it if Familial relationships and the difficulties involve will traumatize.

Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Profound

See it if It is funny, wise, realistic; acting is terrific

Don't see it if you don't have any money

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Well acted/staged, Resonant, Dysfunctional family

See it if you like a messed-up family story; GST deals w cancer, alcoholism/psychl abuse, born-again Xians, anger, escape, the south, duty, healing.

Don't see it if you find cancer triggering/dislike forgiveness for abusive father/expect discussion of inter-racial marriage. Still, GST has heart & humor.

During previews
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Traditional theme, Slow

See it if you want to see another story about family dysfunction around a member fighting cancer. Good performances.

Don't see it if There's very little new to this version of a traditional theme though it is nice in its own right. Could be shorter.

Also The use of the local friend was unnecessary and distracting even thoug... Read more Read less

During previews
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
Resonant, Absorbing, Muddled, Touching, Meanders

See it if You’d be interested in a show that bumps it’s way through more than enough topics for one play yet still hits many of the emotional notes.

Don't see it if You’re not willing to take the ride. This is not presented clearly and straight forward but has a pretty good payoff if you stay with it.

During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a play about a dysfunctional family where sickness brings them back together. Some good acting.

Don't see it if Humor at times is forced,artificial. Directing not so good.... has characters going through the motions and uninspiring.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Resonant, Indulgent, Well written

See it if Winkler's intelligence & humor keep semi-autobiographical dramedy from slipping into lifetime movie bathos; Ako's dying matriarch superb

Don't see it if Unfortunately, other cast members unable to reach Ako's poignancy; signaling dysfunction through hysterics & verbal abuse Poor direction

During previews
Lacking, Cliched, Resonant, Uneven, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an engrossing family dramedy exploring how each member reacts to crises & how familial bonds are challenged & reconciled.

Don't see it if you expect any heft or deep meaning from a play that tackles serious issues, incl. aging, addiction, cancer, emotional abuse & religiosity.

Also Awkward direction, uneven performances & arrant sentimentality mar an ... Read more Read less

During previews
Redemptive, Uneven, Well played, Affecting

See it if you’d like to see a deeply felt portrait of an imperfect family & how the illness of 1 of its members utterly changes its internal dynamics

Don't see it if you cannot endure the graphic presentation of illness.

Also I’ve been the caretaker of a declining father. I found the handling of... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Refreshing, Distancing, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy family sagas, here about a Japanese-American one, love stories between interracial parents & the children opening up to them

Don't see it if you don't like family stories dealing with disease & non-communication issues, coming home again after 20 years stories, strong women story

During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if You want a portrait of family dynamics through illness shown from multiple perspectives. You want a mix of sincerity & humor

Don't see it if You want a consistent tone: often beautiful & grounded, at times forced & melodramatic. You're uncomfortable w/themes of illness & death.

During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you live in the real world and have an appreciation for family relationships and how illness forces interactions that otherwise are avoided.

Don't see it if you are bothered by the troubles of illness and how it tears at loved ones and causes friction and love.

During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if Daughters harbour resentments when one parent survives and the other parent struggles with cancer. Both ultimately accept familial love.

Don't see it if Predictable sentimentality, but entertaining nonetheless. Subplot points forgotten. Thick accent. Cancer ward. Cheap AA framing device.

Also Sample dialogue: "You can't see the light, because you are the light."... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Very moving

See it if you like a drama with lots of emotion, about relationships with both other people and God. Very excellent acting and dialogue.

Don't see it if you do not like discussion of cancer or its effects or of its treatment. This is not a religious show but there is discussion about God.

Also It starts slow but by the end of the play, the drama becomes extremely... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Touching

See it if you want to see a well-acted drama about a family under stress that mixes humor with pathos.

Don't see it if you don't like plays set in hospital rooms and if you don't like rough language.

Also It raises the profound question of why bad things happen to good peopl... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if U want 2 c realistic situations + depictions of a family in the throes of fatal cancer.There r funny moments but this play is brutaly honest

Don't see it if If realistic and ugly cancer situations are going to bother you.

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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