God Shows Up
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God Shows Up
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God Shows Up NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(77 Reviews)
Positive
74%
Mixed
21%
Negative
5%
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?

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Member Reviews (77)

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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. Read more

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

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.

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 Read more

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. Read more

Critic Reviews (12)

Theater Pizzazz
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...Throughout this bare-bones production, well directed by Christopher Scott, Filichia’s points are made succinctly and entertainingly."
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Stage Left
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 insights, and is unlikely to change any minds but for those already converted it does offer a charming retread of an age-old phenomenon.”
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R
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 in some give and take. God has returned to correct some mistakes and characterizations in the holy books and set the record straight with regards to many things said in his name."
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BroadwayWorld
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 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.”
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Talkin' Broadway
February 10th, 2019
For a previous production

"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."
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Theater News Online
February 15th, 2019
For a previous production

“’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.”
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TheaterScene.net
February 11th, 2019
For a previous production

"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."
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Front Row Center
February 12th, 2019
For a previous production

“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!”
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Times Square Chronicles
February 11th, 2019
For a previous production

"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."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
February 16th, 2019
For a previous production

"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."
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TheaterScene.com
February 16th, 2019
For a previous production

"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."
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W
February 12th, 2019
For a previous production

"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."
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