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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, Relevant, Economically staged

See it if you like family dramas.

Don't see it if expect anything unique about this particular piece.

Also While the play has some moving moments, I found this to be a rather ov... Read more Read less

During previews
Resonant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Made you think about your relationships you have with love ones and what’s important about them and the value they play in your life.

Don't see it if If you don’t like touchy freely and like to laugh in between then this might not be your cup oh tea.

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

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.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Funny

See it if Great acting. Well written play. Loved the comedy about millenials.

Don't see it if Won't work for you if you have issues about cancer, sickness, alcohol.

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

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.

During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like energetic performances laced with humor and surprise. On the topic of dying this play yielded a lot of laughs and a couple of tears

Don't see it if you don't like stories of mixed-race families with dysfunction, some cursing, dealing with mortality and emotional issues.

During previews
Sometimes-funny, Disappointing, Sometimes-beautiful, Simplistic, Cliched

See it if you liked "Kentucky" (or so i've heard)/ you like family dramas that end on a bittersweet note

Don't see it if you seek a family of characters that relate to each other in developed/ non-cliched ways

Also I enjoyed the performances of the mother and father and I thought thei... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Entertaining

See it if how cancer brought a family together

Don't see it if alot of yelling

During previews
Great acting, Enchanting, Fluffy

See it if - you saw Nanako Winkler's KENTUCKY - forgiveness as a theme speaks to you - you enjoy SOBBING

Don't see it if - you don't enjoy sobbing - you haven't seen KENTUCKY - touching family comedy/dramas aren't your thing

During previews
Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You want a family drama that is real and affecting with lovely performances. Sometimes funny and bitter sweet

Don't see it if You want a sit com

During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Cliched, Profound

See it if you are interested in the rise new American plays, love a good family drama, and want a good laugh.

Don't see it if you can't handle tonal shifts, interracial couples, sickness, or sentimentality.

Also God Said This is a bittersweet family dramedy, cleverly written by Lea... Read more Read less

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

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

During previews
Disappointing, Broad direction, Insipid

See it if there's a worthwhile play here underneath the rural stereotypes, sitcom shtick and sappy melodrama this director has imposed on it.

Don't see it if you've already seen A Very Special Episode of The Dukes of Hazzard. A missed opportunity to know a loving if dysfunctional Kentucky family.

Also The veteran actors playing the parents brought genuine pain and love t... Read more Read less

During previews
Refreshing, Great writing, Compassionate

See it if you've been through losing or nearly losing a loved one, have a complicated relationship with your flawed parents

Don't see it if you don't do earnest. this play wears its heart on its sleeve in a beautiful way.

During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Cliched

See it if ...if you know someone with a family member experiencing a fatal condition. So many families have a similar story.

Don't see it if ...if someone you love has recently gone through chemo or is about to. It would be too raw. This was difficult to sit through.

Also Unfortunately, none of the characters are likeable. They are cliched a... Read more Read less

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

See it if This play stayed with me. I am still thinking about it and having strong emotional reactions to the script which was so well acted.

Don't see it if I guess you should not see the show if you don't like dramatic content though some of it is very funny.

Also This is a very worthwhile play, it has appeal for children of aging di... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Emotional

See it if you enjoy dramas about families coming together in difficult situations and finding ways to overcome deeply held beliefs about each other.

Don't see it if you have trouble with plays depicting illness or loss.

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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