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Is God Is

From 31 member  reviews
Members say: Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing, Riveting, Great acting

About the show

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.


Member Reviews (31)

MEMBERS SAY:

Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing, Riveting, Great acting
86
Avg Score

95
Riveting, Vicious, Gruesome, Burning, Tragic

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.

92
Stunning, Riveting, Refreshing, Intense, Cathartic

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

Also Prioritize this show if you seek out fresh, visceral works by up-and-c... Read more Read less

84
Ambitious, Entertaining, Resonant, Relevant, Violent

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.

84
Riveting, Compelling, Dangerously angry yet desperately funny, Very edgy, Great writing, set. & acting

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.

75
High octane performances, Resourceful, stylized direction & design, Revenge tragedy meets spaghetti western by way of tarantino

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

Also I truly appreciated the skill and outsized talent of everyone involved... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Great writing, Ambitious

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.

74
Is taut is, Is dangerously designed is, Is uneven is, Has a playwright & cast to watch has

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.

85
Fun, Violent, Great set, Edgy, Intense

See it if You love a good revenge play.

Don't see it if You can't deal with violence on stage.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Masterful, Intense, Riveting

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

Also Is God Is is the single best piece of theatre I've seen all year. Perh... Read more Read less

81
Intense, Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting

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

79
Degenerates into stylized violence by the end, Great acting, Overrated & disappointing, Ambitious, Truly amazing opening

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

Also Loved the all-black cast, esp the strong women, & the actors were fant... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

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

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Intense

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

83
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

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

80
Ambitious, Epic, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Funny

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

Also I can't wait for all of the regional productions of this play that sui... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Intense, Refreshing, Great writing, Poor design

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)

Also The design and direction aren't quite able to match the epic scale and... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Intense, Ambitious

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.

Also Very creative use of space/sets/staging as one has grown to expect at ... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Epic, Great writing, Great staging, Resonant

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.

97
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if great intense theater - great acting - unique staging

Don't see it if if you do not like violence

85
Great writing, Entertaining, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

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

87
Intense, Hilarious, Edgy, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you like revenge fantasy plays that are bursting with inventive theatricality.

Don't see it if shows that center around violence bother you

82
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

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.

98
Clever, Epic, Intense, Must see, Thought-provoking

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.

Also I was unprepared for what I saw, for the better of it. The less you kn... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Intense, Riveting

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

80
Riveting, Profound, Intense, Great staging, Absorbing

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


February 18th, 2018
"A snarly new master of high-octane carnage has risen into view...'Is God Is' may be pitched in a key of absurd exaggeration...But this production also implicitly asks us to consider the roots, futility, and inevitability of cyclical violence...No allusive echo is merely random in this play, writ...
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February 18th, 2018
"Characters crack jokes, but the play is far more tragedy than comedy...Although the action in Taibi Magar’s excellent Soho Rep production happens in two planes it feels appropriately epic...The performances are strong, particularly by the two pairs of twins. Harris writes so blisteringly that th...
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February 18th, 2018
"It feels both exciting and… well…not quite as epic as it could...I kept longing for the work within it to feel more expansive, more explosive. The potential is there. Harris’s play is a rich, funny, unnerving, exhilarating goldmine — its current production is only unearthing some of its treasure...
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February 18th, 2018
"Considering its subject matter, 'Is God Is' shouldn't be a funny play, but it often is — albeit with diminishing returns...Harris's superficial treatment of the ancient theme of revenge feels like an excuse for her true passion: giddy gore topped off with a snappy throwaway line...Harris and Mag...
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