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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

During previews
Clever, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Uneven

See it if You want to see a solid story about a family dealing with illness and the intense feelings we only associate with family. Funny and sad.

Don't see it if You want a totally even production, some great moments of subtlety (some of the best I've seen), mixed with some serious over acting.

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.

During previews
Relevant, Likable characters, Great acting, Great casting

See it if Cancer strikes dysfunctional family with a Kentucky father, an Asian mother, and two estranged sisters. Their sad fate brings them together.

Don't see it if You want a tidy plot with a happy ending. The belief in God could have been any religion.

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.

During previews
Well acted, Poignant, Creaky construction, A bit cliched

See it if Convincing family drama about finding one’s way back and forgiveness.

Don't see it if Accessible but not deep, more of a polished student effort. Feels very personal (which isn’t a criticism).

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Cliched, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if you want an entertaining evening dealing with not so entertaining subjects. Thanks to terrific acting and direction the play is saved.

Don't see it if you don't like family dramas that have Hollywood endings.

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

See it if You want to see a play about family and their struggles. You want to laugh and also have some scenes that will pull at your heart strings.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to someone that was struggling with a type of addiction. You don't like plays about a family and their struggles.

Also This lay was very absorbing. There were some scenes that were very fun... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Great acting, Poignant, Intense

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.

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

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.

During previews
Contemporary, Intelligent, Entertaining

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.

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

See it if If you enjoy plays that touch the human spirit in a deep way. Really keeps you involved.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays that deal with cancer.

During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Intense

See it if You enjoy family dramedies and clever, fluid staging. You want a show that would be at home at Playwrights Horizons.

Don't see it if You dislike slightly over the top performances (the characters had moments where they felt more like caricatures).

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Intense, Emotional

See it if you appreciate a cathartic deep dive into navigating problematic familial and other relationships and quest for meaning in life and death.

Don't see it if you need surprise and brilliantly inventive resolution of life’s complexity and obstacles, comedy, or a musical. Scenario is trite & cliche.

Also Some scenes seem intended solely for a laugh or to provide an answer t... Read more Read less

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

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.

During previews

See it if Two daughters and a cancer-battling mom try to heal from an ex-alcoholic father. Three Asian females with complex plots and roles! 💁🏻‍♀️

Don't see it if Cancer, alcoholism, disease in the family are triggering. Doesn't go very nuanced into family's relationships and mixed race issues.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

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

See it if You like a good family drama. What are the mediocre reviews about? This was good! Great acting all around; I got emotional. The daughters

Don't see it if Were EXCEPTIONAL. The set was amazing. It works for the religious and non religious. Tonya Pinkins was in my audience- I was extra thrilled

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if A couple of engaging well rounded characters and a few excellent performances esp Blair and Coiner who provide some of the cleverest dialogu

Don't see it if You're not interested in yet another dysfunctional family drama. The "everybody just get along" ending was a bit pat.

Also Young writer worth watching.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if An excellent off-off broadway drama that should be headed to broadway.

Don't see it if The topic of cancer is difficult for a viewer.

During previews
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
Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like family drama about serious issues. Great acting well developed characters Sad reality

Don't see it if Cancers and death triggers you. No happy ending here Small intimate theater

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

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.

During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Intense

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

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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