New York | 1h 20m | In Previews: Opens May 13

God Shows Up

From 9 critic and 56 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant, Great acting

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 | In Previews: Opens May 13 | Actors Temple Theater (Midtown W)


“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 audience leaves the show with not only a good laugh but compassion for others, and a better sense of what we hope God really is and wants us to be.” Full Review

Front Row Center

“A compelling and entertaining existential romp through dogma, philosophy, and the meaning of life. Fun surprises, plot twists and one liners abound! It’s a fun night out that will have you talking...’God Shows Up’ is great ecclesiastical fun and delightfully examines humankind’s favorite life questions. Nietzsche would give it 5 stars and I too highly recommend it, even if God frowns at audiences that have to pay admission – indulge!” Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"Hysterically amusing...Christopher Sutton makes the perfect televangelist and you can not help but see the resemblance to the latest TV screen con men...Director Christopher Scott keep things moving and has created a fabulous before and after musical score that is well done...Peter Filichia’s satirical look at televangelism and God’s anger at hypocrisy is well written. Both my guest and I laughed out loud and really enjoyed this witty look at life and religion." Full Review


"A heaven-sent comedy that gives us a fresh perspective on God in the new millennial. Directed by Christopher Scott, and with a terrific acting ensemble, it’s a drama that theatergoers of all religions—or no religion—can enjoy...If Filichia’s script is a comic encyclopedic look into the Divine Being, the acting ensemble is quite capable of driving the whole spiritual shebang home...This surreal entertainment...allows you to see God with decidedly new eyes." Full Review


"Neat puns, polished one-liners and wacky plot twists all breezily elicits a lot of laughter while wickedly skewering organized religion, social media and celebrity culture. Mr. Filichia’s disciplined treatment of these perennial subjects is highly comedic yet imparts its sober message with brio...The expertly defined characters make terrific roles for actors to play...Director Scott’s forceful staging lands all of the verbal and visual jokes while maintaining the play’s thoughtful aspects." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Filichia, best known as a theater historian and critic, is surely preaching to the choir with this satirical jab at the likes of Joel Osteen and Pat Robertson...So, low-hanging fruit it is, but fortunately blessed with a talented trinity of Equity actors...A lightly acerbic tone is set for the first half of the 80-minute play...Overall, 'God Shows Up' contributes a new slant to the eternal debate over the role and influence of religiosity in our lives." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"As the play gets more intense and progressively funnier, the ideas are hammered home to excess, and the piece could stand trimming...Audiences are in for a surprise supplied by the versatile Bofill, a unique ploy central to Filichia’s viewpoint on heavenly control and retribution...Filichia has a good sense of comedy and how to build humor into the lacerating dialogue illuminating the hypocrisy...Basically amusing and often witty." Full Review

Theater News Online

“’God Shows Up’ is more about epigrams and sub-Shavian religious debates than plot, so 75 minutes feels like 20 too many – especially after a gender switch and Armageddon-like twist extend the already obvious. Happily, Lou Liberatore makes an exceedingly ingratiating God...While he can’t rescue ‘God Shows Up’ from its more laborious triflings, his buoyancy is a blessing nonetheless.” Full Review

Walter Thinnes Blog

"Unfortunately this work starts with a broadsword, moves to sledge hammer and lands with a wrecking ball. He hits all the necessary points but it is not often subtle. That combined with an actor not fully off book by the fifth public performance and a rather trite turn at the end left me disappointed...Go see it before it closes. Support new scripts. Support new work. The price is low and who knows, you just may like it." Full Review

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like seeing entertaining plays about religion and controversial subjects.

Don't see it if You are not comfortable watching a performance concerning religious matter.

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

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.

Delightful, Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy liberal, interfaith religious satire with a good message and fast one liners.

Don't see it if You can’t enjoy poking fun at religious pretenders.

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.

Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Edgy

See it if you like to have your beliefs challenged and consider the world in a different way. You like irreverent subjects and humor.

Don't see it if you are a devout follower of a religion and are easily offended.

Also While not totally groundbreaking, this short 1.25-hour play offers an ... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You love thought provoking theatre.

Don't see it if You feel uncomfortable when the subject is religion.

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.

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.

Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You like a comedy show

Don't see it if You like musicals and dramas

Funny, Great acting, Cliched, Preachy

See it if You enjoy debates about religion from an interesting and different prospective

Don't see it if You like a show with action and less talking.

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

Clever, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You can be open minded about religious matters

Don't see it if You want an in depth discussion of religion.

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.

Clever, Enchanting, Funny

See it if you like evangelists

Don't see it if you like to be taunting god

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You have An open mind about God and religion. Want a comic look at religious philosophy. See good writing and acting

Don't see it if You are easily offended by religious humour

Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you are interested in seeing a creative and punny examination of spirituality and religion.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of shows that deal with religion in an irreverent, albeit humorous way.

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

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you'd like a funny, thought-provoking play -- and you don't mind making fun of evangelical ministries.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by religious-themed plays. If "Book of Mormon" wasn't for you, then this isn't either.

Also This is a funny play with a clear message. It starts off very strong a... Read more Read less

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


See it if you are questioning your belief in tele-evangelists

Don't see it if you are secure in your beliefs

Also The opposite of C S Lewis.... Read more Read less

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.

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.

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Controversial

See it if You enjoy poking fun at religion, and particularly the hypocrisy of tv evangelists.

Don't see it if You believe in orthodox religion, and take religious scriptures literally. The portrayal of God in a comedic manner is unappealing to you.

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.