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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. 



79
During previews
Inconsistent, Heartfelt, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a well acted, well produced Off-Broadway dramedy. You are OK with strong depictions of family medical crises and dysfunction.

Don't see it if You avoid emotional, tough depictions of battling cancer. if it's hard being patient with talented emerging playwrights still working it out

Also While I scored it 79, my companion would have chosen 89. The acting wa... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Resonant, Funny, Great acting

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

78
During previews
Touching, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing

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

78
During previews
Meanders, Touching, Muddled, Absorbing, Resonant

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.

78
During previews
Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

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.

78
During previews
Cliched, Great writing, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

78
During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing

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

78
During previews
Great casting, Great acting, Likable characters, Relevant

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.

77
During previews
Absorbing, Disappointing, Cliched

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

77
During previews
Intense, Great staging, Absorbing

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).

77
During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Resonant

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.

75
During previews
Well written, Indulgent, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking

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

75
During previews
Emotional, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense, Cliched

See it if you like three-tissue family dramas, you want to support Asian-American playwrights and actors

Don't see it if you are triggered by plays dealing with cancer, a parent's imminent death, 12-step programs and alcoholism, incontinence. Lots of triggers.

Also Watching this play was an interesting experience. Being Asian-American... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Dysfunctional family, Resonant, Well acted/staged, Clever, Absorbing

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.

75
During previews
Uneven, Intelligent, Intense, Absorbing, Clever

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.

75
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see another family dysfunction drama. Great performances.

Don't see it if There is nothing new to add to this family drama theme. Overall good performances.

75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

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.

75
During previews
Great acting, Entertaining

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.

74
During previews
Entertaining, Funny

See it if how cancer brought a family together

Don't see it if alot of yelling

73
During previews
Resonant, Cliched, Absorbing

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

72
During previews
Indulgent, Distancing, Refreshing, Clever, Ambitious

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

72
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a family through illness shown from a lot of different perspectives, both tragic and sweet

Don't see it if you don't like shows that include the cancer topic or an abusive inter-racial marriage

72
During previews
Disappointing, Interesting, Good acting, Funny

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

72
During previews
Ambitious

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.

72
During previews
Intelligent, Ambitious, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You are ready to experience intense emotion about illness & death.

Don't see it if You are not ready to experience a troubled family going through fear and grief.


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