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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. 



84
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a drama about a dysfunctional family coming together in a time of serious illness. Great performances all around.

Don't see it if Themes of death and suffering might disturb you. Some parts are represented very graphically.

84
During previews
Resonant, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You like small family dramas

Don't see it if You can't take family conflict on stage

84
During previews
Great writing, Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like dramas about dysfunctional families that all are interesting and fully developed characters.

Don't see it if YOu can't see death or dying. Or, you just don't like dramas

83
During previews
Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Funny

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

83
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You like to see a well acted, well written show in an intimate setting

Don't see it if If you are looking for a musical or big production

82
During previews
Great writing, Intense, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if the denial and realities of death and dying, as looked at through the lens of a sweet and powerful character, appeals. Ako made the show.

Don't see it if you can't handle death and dying. You'll get annoyed at the hammed up acting from the two daughters. Good writing, poor direction?

82
During previews
Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

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.

82
During previews
Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Some absolutely touching scenes, that shows how we manage dysfunction, how we confront mortality, and how to live while still flawed

Don't see it if You don't want to see very comedic and serious scenes interspersed together. Pacing is uneven.

Also I wished for more redemptive scenes for the characters and more likabi... Read more Read less

82
During previews
A bit slow at first, Well written, Touching, Relevant, Superb acting

See it if you like plays that are touching about family dynamics, fine writing, realistic characters and people trying to cope with life's problems.

Don't see it if you dislike plays that involve cancer, family conflict and are serious, realistic and quite sad.

82
During previews
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Funny, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in how illness brings a family together.

Don't see it if You won't feel comfortable seeing a show where one of the main characters has cancer.

81
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

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.

81
During previews
Very moving, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

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

81
During previews
Cliched, Intelligent, Well-written, Well-acted, Relevant

See it if you like dark comedies by up and coming young playwrights about dysfunctional families coming together in a crisis.

Don't see it if you've seen enough plays staged in a hospital room where a family deals with its past conflicts.

81
During previews
Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy new young writers. You like plays about families. You like small intimate stories.

Don't see it if You would’ve upset be frank discussions and portrayal of chemo & cancer. You’re looking for something light or fluffy.

Also The realism of the cancer & chemo was a bit much for me.... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Touching dramedy of family dealing with mother's cancer

See it if Good ole Kentucky boy meets Japanese girl in Calif, brings her home, has 2 daughters. He gets drunk, she gets cancer. Lots of tears & laughs

Don't see it if Gets mawkish at times. Sometimes hard to watch the cancer patient suffer. The Asian-American daughters' differences are well portrayed.

80
During previews
Interesting family drama. cancer focused absorbing bittersweet

See it if you enjoy an intense family drama

Don't see it if you find plays about cancer upsetting

80
During previews
Weepie, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You want to see an insightful and specific portrait of losing a parent, particularly if you are the child of an immigrant.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Grey's Anatomy style weepies or melodrama.

80
During previews
Intense, Funny, Clever, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if You like small cast shows about family drama, great writing with lots of funny, clever moments about serious topics.

Don't see it if You want something splashy or are looking for intricate sets. You don't want to see a show that deals with cancer and hospitals.

80
During previews
Relevant, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a well developed play about one family's struggles.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play about cancer and would rather see a light hearted play.

80
During previews
Resonant, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want to see a fresh story about a family coming together during a tough time. A well done dramedy. A great mix of laughs and tears.

Don't see it if You’re sensitive to stories about people with cancer.

80
During previews
Slow, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Good acting, if you like a drama about a family , the relationship between a sick Mother and the father and two grown up daughters .

Don't see it if Don’t like drama . It is a sad story about a dying mother and her family.

80
During previews
Intense, Poignant, Great acting, Funny

See it if you are interested in rich character development and family dynamics.

Don't see it if you find graphic depictions of illness disturbing.

80
During previews
Entertaining, Intelligent, Contemporary

See it if you enjoy family melodrama. The big C brings a family closer together.

Don't see it if Cancer and its affects on family are a trigger for you.

79
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy a play about family struggles and aging parents and health concerns that focuses on acknowledging the past and forgiveness.

Don't see it if you want something light and funny.

79
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if Made you think about your relationships you have with love ones and what’s important about them and the value they play in your life.

Don't see it if If you don’t like touchy freely and like to laugh in between then this might not be your cup oh tea.


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