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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
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 don't like stories about an abusive parent who changed.

During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want a well acted play about family dynamics when one of the parents get sick. Some performances are truly standouts.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that deal with the dysfunctional family. However, I think everyone will take something away from this play.

During previews
Meaningful, Engaging, Heartening, Great acting, Great writing

See it if This show hits all the marks successfully. A play to which anyone who has parents (esp old or sick) & siblings, can relate. Funny & poignant

Don't see it if It's a sassy, fun play which has moments of uncomfortable unavoidable truths which will occur when estranged family must reunite. Well done~

Also Sorry-really didnt have critisicm w/out nit-picking! I suppose if you ... Read more Read less

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

See it if My cousin once asked me “don’t you get tired of seeing so much crap?” I told her that once in a while you see something that is great.

Don't see it if If you don’t want to laugh and cry at the same play

During previews
Enchanting, Great acting, Heart-touching, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if Like play performed by 5 supertalanted actors, who make you to believe that they are real stuggling family hoping for the miracle

Don't see it if dislike any cancer related issues,do not want to cry and to feel empathy. Had cancer related death in family-will bring sad memories back.

Also Free Facial tissue are given after the end of the show, should be give... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like family plays, this one is wrapped up with a cancer diagnosis

Don't see it if You don't like plays about disease and you expect family members to look alike

During previews
Absorbing, Cliched, Resonant

See it if You enjoy touching plays about dying and lasting family plays. Discussions of coming to terms with your home and family.

Don't see it if You mind some cliches and a first half of the play that is a bit over the top in establishing each persons basic personality.

Also In many ways I’m almost exactly the target audience for this play give... Read more Read less

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

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.

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

See it if you are up for a intense, sad, funny family drama about cancer, death, forgiveness, and healing.

Don't see it if you are triggered by the topics of cancer, death and alcoholism.

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Cleverly staged

See it if you have ever cared about a family member and suffered loss. This show will make you think but inspire you to relive the happy times.

Don't see it if you can not deal with reality.

During previews
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
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
Overrated, Relevant, Cliched

See it if See it for the moving depiction of a woman in treatment (hopelessly) for cancer.

Don't see it if you’re averse to seeing (yet another) play that brings together quirky family members to air out their mutual complaints and resentments.

Also I found the scenes about the effects of cancer, treatment, & hospital ... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy plays about family dynamics under strain from illness and a dysfunctional history.

Don't see it if you have seen similar plays before.

Also Though moving, this play was too similar to others dealing with the lo... Read more Read less

During previews
Resonant, Absorbing, Intense, Great writing

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?

During previews
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
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Resonant, Must see

See it if you want a funny, touching, excellent play that flies by and leaves you wanting more

Don't see it if if you are triggered by cancer or strong language, but see this anyway!

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

During previews
Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

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.

During previews
Funny, Good acting, Interesting, Disappointing

See it if To hear a sweet story about family, there are some touching moments, good actors overall, set in modern Kentucky which is really interesting

Don't see it if It’s not the most profound story I have ever seen, but it is enjoyable, don’t come looking to see innovation

During previews
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
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
Great acting, Funny, Resonant

See it if A funny, touching family story. The actors are wonderful, particularly Patterson.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a family drama, want something exciting or daring.

Also God Said This is a familiar story told through a slightly different le... Read more Read less

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

See it if You like stories about cross-cultural marriages and prodigal children returning home.

Don't see it if You dislike stereotypes about millenial midwesteners who move to the east coast.

During previews
Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Relevant

See it if Ms. Nanako-Winkler's writing is funny, absorbing, and heartbreaking. With the SUPERIOR performances, I felt like I was seeing old friends.

Don't see it if Not for small children. Whatever. Get a babysitter and don't miss this!

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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