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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. 



70
During previews
Absorbing, Uneven, Resonant, Cliched, Lacking

See it if you want to see an engrossing family dramedy exploring how each member reacts to crises & how familial bonds are challenged & reconciled.

Don't see it if you expect any heft or deep meaning from a play that tackles serious issues, incl. aging, addiction, cancer, emotional abuse & religiosity.

Also Awkward direction, uneven performances & arrant sentimentality mar an ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Slow, Traditional theme, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you want to see another story about family dysfunction around a member fighting cancer. Good performances.

Don't see it if There's very little new to this version of a traditional theme though it is nice in its own right. Could be shorter.

Also The use of the local friend was unnecessary and distracting even thoug... Read more Read less

70
During previews
A bit cliched, Creaky construction, Poignant, Well acted

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).

70
During previews
Great acting, Had its moments, Slow, Resonant, Funny

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

69
During previews
Uneven, Slow, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You're interested in stories of coping w/ a loved who has cancer. The strongest scenes were the ones with the 2 daughters.

Don't see it if Performances were a bit uneven and the pacing drags occasionally. Could tighten up through preview period.

69
During previews
Slow, Cliched, Well written, Has good moments

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

69
During previews
Great staging, Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining

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.

68
During previews
Slow, Resonant, Sad, Funny, Intense

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.

68
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.

67
During previews
Slow, Relevant, Disappointing

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

67
During previews
Disappointing, Relevant, Insipid, Funny, Banal

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

65
During previews
Funny, Indulgent, Cliched, Banal, Disappointing

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

60
During previews
Slow, Great acting, Cliched

See it if ... you like family drama surrounding the death of a parent. Interesting interracial family, but not explored.

Don't see it if ...you don't like stories about an abusive parent who changed.

60
During previews
Quirky, Disappointing, Cliched

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

56
During previews
Timely, Never-ending, Slow, Cliched

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.

54
During previews
Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

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.

51
During previews
Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

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.

50
During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Confusing, Banal, Ambitious

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.

50
During previews
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious

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

50
During previews
Slow, Excruciating, Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious

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

50
During previews
Lacks drama and/or insight, Emotionally distancing, Doesn't ring true, Disappointing

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

50
During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious

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

49
During previews
Cliched, Relevant, Overrated

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

94
During previews
Riveting, Absorbing, Clever, Resonant, Great acting

See it if Characters in the show reminded me of my family. It was beautifully acted and made me weep cathartic tears by the end.

Don't see it if alcoholism or cancer is triggering

90
During previews
Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy quality acting & chemistry among the actors with funny banter as well as humility. You can handle sad and serious issues as well.

Don't see it if You expect music and if fowl language offends you. Many "F" bombs but really done well.


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