Soho Rep brings us this darkly comic world premiere, a modern myth about twin sisters who sojourn from the Dirty South to the California desert to exact righteous revenge. More…
In this play, which dauntlessly cracks jokes as it eviscerates, twin sisters Anaia and Racine undertake a murderous journey, seeking payback for a horrendous act. 'Is God Is' treats both morality and genre as notions to be exploded, drawing on the ancient, the modern, the tragic, the Spaghetti Western, hip-hop, and Afropunk in its subversion of theatrical constructs.
See it if Ultimate dysfunctional family is fated by a revenge curse. Cycle of violence in the extreme. Gripping language. Jolting staging & sound.
Don't see it if You aren’t prepared for a grotesque, brutally violent play. The few moments of humor just set up more intensity.
See it if you like theater that goes for your guts; will see a play about volcanic, justified rage (not the more commonly known blind, stupid rage)
Don't see it if you prefer the intensity of people’s emotions to be tempered, suggested, and never fully revealed; favor revivals of tried & true material
See it if you like fresh new theater.
Don't see it if you dislike bloody violence. Although the play is great at exploring the awful consequences of violence, it is still violent.
See it if A Greek tragedy of American life calling on biblical text in street patois. You are hooked into this story of violence begetting violence
Don't see it if by the lyrical writing & in-your-face acting. Riveting action even as you fear the worst. A smart, spare set. Not for faint-hearted.
See it if You want to see a fascinating, fresh script in an uneven production. I was so engaged by the writing but so distracted by the staging.
Don't see it if You’re unable to separate the staging from the show. Awkward set design and clumsy directorial choices really do pull attention away.
See it if you'd like a highly stylized revenge tragedy, replete with gore and baroque urban patois; you appreciate strong performances & direction
Don't see it if you don't like stage violence or knowing in advance how this cycle of retribution will end; you want more of a play than a parable
See it if you want to see the first major production from a most promising playwright at a groundbreaking theater co's return to its original space.
Don't see it if you can't overlook a very uneven production that highlight's the play's weaknesses.
See it if you like theatre that grabs you by the throat and throttles you for 90 minutes of sheer vitality and bloody life
Don't see it if you dislike theatre that engages all aspects of your being, like to relax and unwind in the theatre; you dislike visually aggressive shows
See it if you want to encounter a major, provocative, adventurous and uncompromising emerging theatrical voice in a seriously strong production
Don't see it if intense, bloody revenge tragedies aren't your thing
See it if you like intense new plays by emerging playwrights w/ strong voices. You can ignore the hype & go in w/ normal off-off-Bway expectations.
Don't see it if you want a uniformly good play start-to-finish (start=amazing; by the end=meh). Violence (even highly stylized) bothers you as there's a lot
See it if you want to see something different and ambitious. It doesn't work on every level but it works on many.
Don't see it if you don't like violence and you need a perfectly tidy plot. This plot wanders in an over-the-top, in-your-face way. Interesting with excess
See it if You want riveting unrelenting drama and trauma
Don't see it if Youre looking for traditional revenge play in an uncoventional setting, and unsettling story
See it if you want to see a satisfying story of revenge that raises some thought-provoking questions about race, but doesn't take itself too seriously
Don't see it if you're afraid to get some blood on you, the first row is a splash zone
See it if You like theatre that subtly pushes the boundaries and can take genre theatre seriously
Don't see it if You only like plays that involve people having conversations about conversations
See it if you want to see a darkly humorous, exciting new take on the classic revenge tale. A very strong cast and riveting language.
Don't see it if you don't like violence (this is a revenge tale, after all)
See it if you like Greek tragedy set in contemporary times, dark, thought-provoking theatre that will challenge you
Don't see it if prefer comedy, musicals or light entertainment. This production has rough language and themes.
See it if You want a nuanced revenge story that gives you a literal fucking mountain on stage. Come on, you know you wanna see how that works.
Don't see it if You hate good theatre and would much rather go see something on broadway which won't make you do anything other than laugh.
See it if You like spaghetti westerns and Tarantino, or even if you don’t - a really unique and thought-provoking play
Don't see it if You don’t like seeing blood or violence
See it if You want to see a stunning creative team at work on a lyrical, gorgeous play that's in playful conversation with other works.
Don't see it if You're not into violence.
See it if you are looking for thought-provoking theater that keeps you on the edge of your seat and slightly uncomfortable in the best way for 90 mins
Don't see it if you are looking for a fun, easy night out. You don't care for novel stories.
See it if When I went to see this, i had no idea what to expect, but I greatly enjoyed the surrealistic version of God in this all African-American sh
Don't see it if You are offended by unorthodox religious themes with excessive violence or prefer light entertainment although there is plenty of wit here
See it if you love southern gothic; three billboards is your thing; you like to watch a fast pace, intense plot developing in 90 minutes
Don't see it if you hate violence and blood