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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
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if A wonderful follow up to Kentucky. I laughed and cried. Sometimes all at once.

Don't see it if If you don’t like family dramas.

Also I hope there is a third play. I can’t quit the Rose family,

During previews
Disappointing, Relevant, Slow

See it if You are interested in an end-of-life story with cliche family drama.

Don't see it if You are expecting the plays description...this play is not about Kentucky and it’s barely about religion.

Also I was really excited to see this play because I lived in Kentucky and ... Read more Read less

During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Slow

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.

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

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

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

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

During previews
Intense, Funny, Sad, Resonant, Slow

See it if you're interested in family dynamics, the story of one child returning home to deal with a dying parent and the other child who stayed.

Don't see it if you'd prefer to avoid stories about cancer. you'd prefer shows not centered on an abusive/alcoholic dad. you're looking for a happy ending.

During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Great acting

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

During previews
Banal, Funny, Insipid, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if You love family dramas or television sitcoms

Don't see it if uneven acting bothers you, you want fully explored character arcs and interpersonal histories

Also It is wonderful to see mostly solid performances, especially by Satomi... Read more Read less

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

See it if You want to see a story about life, death, change, slight redemption, and never fully understanding why bad things happen to good people

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show about cancer, or want a highly comedic play without serious undertones, or want a musical

Also It was hard for me to score this play. Of course, the cancer was the m... Read more Read less

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

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.

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you have 100 minutes free. I always make an effort to find redeeming qualities in any production - this one, not so much.

Don't see it if loud, gratuitous profanity is not your thing.

Also I’m honestly not sure what other members saw - this play is tedious an... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

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.

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

See it if want a passionate family story told with emotion and humor.

Don't see it if that isn't perfect. There is still some fat that could be trimmed. But still very moving.

During previews
Funny, Resonant, Slow, Had its moments, Great acting

See it if You want to support new work and better representation of Asian Americans onstage and behind the scenes, you appreciate family drama

Don't see it if Hospice hits close to home, you have high expectations for dynamic staging

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

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.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Moving

See it if Watch this young playwright; she's good! From a bunch of quirky, not all lovable characters, comes a poignant play with ensemble acting.

Don't see it if You've seen one too many of those plays in which someone's imminent death brings the family and their issues to a climax.

During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Resonant

See it if You like small family dramas

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

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

See it if You like emotional plays. The play was well done and the struggles of each character were realistic.

Don't see it if You are looking for a happy go lucky musical.

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

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.

During previews
Has good moments, Well written, Cliched, Slow

See it if you like plays about cancer and how families deal or family dramas or, better yet, if you want to support new voices in the theater

Don't see it if don't like plays about cancer or about people of faith dealing with the disease

Also "God Said This" is a well-meaning play about a mother with late stage ... Read more Read less

During previews
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

See it if Nice performances in a so-so play that has occasional moments of honesty.

Don't see it if There isn't much in the way of story or drama, and as a full play, the evening feels aimless and flat.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

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

During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting

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

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

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

During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Weepie

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.

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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