Already closed | 1h 20m | Midtown W

God Shows Up

From 76 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

About the show

This new comedy asks: what happens when God drops in on Earth after being away for a few millennia? More…

Why does he choose the broadcast studio of a well-known televangelist who serves all faiths from his megachurch in Saint Louis? What is God's true take on God? What is God's true take on religion?

1h 20m | Already closed | Actors Temple Theater (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (76)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant
74
Avg Score

75
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Strong actors, Repetitve

See it if you'd like a send-up of televangelists and their undiscerning flock. Little plot; lots of ideas. Exposes greed, commercialization, lies.

Don't see it if you hold traditional religious beliefs; GSU argues for tolerance. The action is choppy; some material is draggy. Mostly fun/insightful.

68
Great acting, Quirky, Insipid, Fluffy, Clever

See it if Good acting, directing and staging. Tele Evangelist meets God. If you want a show that doesn't have good jokes throughout.

Don't see it if Show starts off great then God hashtags it up and gets too campy. 80 minutes long.

75
Relevant, Funny, Indulgent, Incisive, Talkative

See it if Vicious satire of televangelists. Hypocrisy of praising God, collecting donations & driving a Lexus. Many zingers & surprising turns.

Don't see it if Best when the two faces of the televangelist shine unabashedly. Less fun when God becomes overtly hostile and excessively talkative.

55
Derivative, Cliched, Preachy, Amusing, Disappointing

See it if u want to see a funny, punny, divine opening scene spoofing televangelism... followed by a trite, hackneyed indictment of organized religion

Don't see it if u believe in the historicity of the Bible/accept it as the literal word of god; u believe in the benefits of money u send to televangelists.

Also Despite a topic ready-made for satirizing, the timing of the play bein... Read more Read less

70
Indulgent, Funny, Relevant, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if A sardonic parry at big business televangelicalism doesn't really say anything new but constant barrage of one-liners provide zip & gusto

Don't see it if Glib, joking thrust & parry routines almost bury comedy but neat, late plot twists redeems it w/Sutton making cartoon minister almost human

54
Is there a new way to make fun of televangelists? you won't find it in this soporific play

See it if 1st 15 mins promising Saturday Night Live-like satire of oily Televangelist (TE)

Don't see it if after 15 mins play goes flat; weak plot; God who shows up is dull, spouts cliches re cruelties of organized religion

Also Take downs of phony preachers are old hat dating back to Elmer Gantry ... Read more Read less

80
Hilarious, Quirky, Resonant, Entertaining, Somewhat predictable

See it if you like puns and silly humor. There are a lot of clever moments although the overall plot is somewhat predictable.

Don't see it if you are a serious born again Christian who takes offense easily.

80
Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if God goes on Live TV to exposing the TV televangelist who want money for prays.

Don't see it if If you take thing serious, and offended by religious humour.

76
Satire, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Faith-based satire with Male/Female Gods exposing televangelist as Lucifer on his live telecast. Fear & guilt are the prayer-conditioning.

Don't see it if Merch for sale:"Catch up with Jesus Ketchup, Lettuce Praise & Relish Him." Bumper stickers strewn together. Scripture deconstruction. Venom.

Also "The wold has enough laws, we don't need religion creating more/The go... Read more Read less

76
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy a very witty play about religion and pay for pray preachers. God does show up and zings it good to a certain preacher on TV.

Don't see it if you support Evangelical preachers. This play would not be for you.

Also Very well written and acted. Small stage and theater. Good use of vide... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You need some good laughs at the expense of televangelists. A real hoot!! Ptl

Don't see it if You don’t like poking fun at religious shows.

23
Predictable

See it if You want to see a TV evangelist interview “God” on his weekly TV show

Don't see it if You want to be challenged in anyway. This is incredibly predictable from the very beginning

Also This started out OK. I thought the TV evangelist was corny and funny i... Read more Read less

70
A funny idea. good performances.

See it if You like satire on religion.

Don't see it if You don't like satire on religion.

75
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny

See it if You enjoy having religious beliefs challenged, like TV evangelists being ridiculed and enjoy a fanrasy storyline.

Don't see it if You do not care to hear ridicule of religious beliefs or you prefer down to earth and believable plots.

89
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a very well written play performed by some very good performers. You want to see what it is like when God shows up.

Don't see it if You are too serious and get offended about a play that pokes fun at some aspects of religion. You don't want to laugh.

Also I believe in God and this play was not offensive to me at all. I like ... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Clever

See it if you want to see a funny show that takes jabs at televangelists.

Don't see it if you are bothered when a show makes fun of Christian beliefs.

84
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Irreverent

See it if you want to have several laughs at the hypocrisy of televangelists. All 3 actors superbly portray their characters, and God does show up.

Don't see it if you are or know a televangelist or do not like to see anyone poking fun at organized religion.

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you enjoy good-natured, campy humor aimed at the seeming or outright hypocrisy in how religion is practiced or interpreted; intimate staging

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with darkness, literally—there are longish stretches where staging calls for near blackout; averse to mocking religion

46
Fluffy, Disappointing, Indulgent, Banal, Cliched

See it if You enjoy a good old-fashioned send-up of religion. You enjoy George Carlin.

Don't see it if You are looking for an intelligent send-up of religion. You are looking for something with a substantial plot.

Also “You speak an infinite deal of nothing.” -The Merchant of Venice... Read more Read less

77
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to have fun, enjoy a good show which makes you think. There were so many moments of spot on jokes, the dialogues were well written

Don't see it if You are easily offended by Religous, christian, Evangelist referral (there are so many of them), or not a fan of small compact theater space

50
Entertaining, Dated, Great acting

See it if you want to turn off your brain and enjoy watching a charming cast try to salvage a trite script

Don't see it if you can't forgive lame text and tired old jokes.

Also The cast is truly delightful. The script, although packed full of chuc... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You like a comedy show

Don't see it if You like musicals and dramas

60
A saturday night life skit that goes on tooooo long

See it if You want to see a hackneyed diatribe against religion that seems more fitting to a saturday night live skit and goes on and on

Don't see it if You want to see a trite diatribe on religion that seems more fitting to a Saturday night live skit that goes on and on.

87
Must see, Intelligent, Funny, Clever

See it if you want to spend an evening at the theater that will challenge you. Very nice production.

Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged to think.

74
Irreverent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny

See it if you want to see a biting satire on televangelists that questions the authorship of Biblical passages while poking fun at selected "dogmas".

Don't see it if you believe that the Bible is the "Word of God", as this play will most likely offend you, OR you do not find humor in jokes about religion.

Also This play is very funny and entertaining though, as mentioned above, p... Read more Read less


May 13th, 2019
"Filichia uses this dramatic situation as a way to get in sharply observed comedic digs at the hypocrisy of these religious swindlers. And though that is pretty much akin to shooting fish in a barrel, the lines come fast and furious, resulting in an impressive ratio of precise aim to targets hit....
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May 17th, 2019
“This almost skit-like play earns only modest laughter because the territory of religious hypocrisy is so exhaustingly well-worn in popular culture...Filichia is preaching to the choir. That said, all three actors give fine performances...This comedy doesn’t tread any new ground or offer any new ...
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May 17th, 2019
"The theater has a varied relationship with God, but never closer than 'God Shows Up.' Here he is a direct character, appearing on the television show of a popular televangelist. God makes an appearance on the non-denominational, but quite capitalistic, Dr. Thomas Issac Rehan show to participate ...
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February 12th, 2019
for a previous production “Combining comedy and faith into one hilarious yet timely play...Between the light-hearted comedy, especially the playful banter between Rehan and God, there are real issues of today sprinkled throughout, including equality, gender, sexuality, and the act of worshipping another identity. The audi...
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