Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train
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Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train
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Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train NYC Reviews and Tickets

86%
(212 Reviews)
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96%
Mixed
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense

About the Show

Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Adly Guirgis ('Between Riverside and Crazy') begins his residency at Signature with a revival of his darkly comic meditation on redemption and faith.

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Member Reviews (212)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
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Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if riveting performances. intense, poignant and thought-provoking. Intelligent debate on the nature of good & evil.

Don't see it if you dislike gritty portrayals of humanity and/or profanity.

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
70
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You want to see great performances & are interested in a raw depiction of what it can be like in prison.

Don't see it if You have no interest in stories taking place behind bars or are offended by swearing.

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
70
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Rambling, Clunky

See it if you like an engrossing prison drama, full of harshness. Lots of religious discussion, but what's Guirglis' point? Well acted, but often loud

Don't see it if you want to leave enlightened. Act I is stronger than Act 2. Very talky play, but often not insightful (1st D murder requires intent). Read more

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
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Ferocious, Miraculous, Dizzying, Riveting, Profound

See it if Unexpected sides of characters emerge in jail and work God’s will. What is freedom? Brilliant writing and acting. Mesmerizing dialog.

Don't see it if You are not up for a very intense experience that poses deep questions.

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Powerful

See it if You like challenging, albeit gritty, work by a great playwright and outstanding leads about redemption, salvation and truth.

Don't see it if You don't like prison plays, discussions of Christian salvation, seemingly hopeless situations, lots of foul language and descriptions

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
89
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Resonant

See it if Guirgis' dramatic talent comes into its own w/this work Superb acting & muscular direction power the drama into the spiritual realm intended

Don't see it if Ugly, dark prison drama unrelenting in scope Guirgis' impeccible instinct for dialogue studded w/profanity & sexual crudity Grim world view

618 Reviews | 274 Followers
87
"a" train presents colossal struggle between born-again mass murderer and non-believer trying to get out of jail

See it if raises big questions re religion & redemption; brilliantly staged like prize fight w 2 prisoners in adjacent cells trading verbal punches

Don't see it if ending where prisoner accepts responsibility 4 crime works in concept, tho feels inauthentic; binary good/bad jail guards is facile Read more

482 Reviews | 717 Followers
92
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you find explorations of God and faith stimulating and worthwhile, especially when presented in an unconventional way.

Don't see it if you’re easily offended by language or find prison scenes disturbing.

Critic Reviews (28)

The New York Times
October 23rd, 2017

"When performed, as it is here, by a cast that can recreate its rapture as well as its moral gravity, it achieves the doubleness of great art, burrowing deeper the higher it flies...In a series of monologues that pull further back from the action, Hanrahan’s reflections on the case dissipate the tension. This slight flaw in the writing is exacerbated by a few awkward directorial choices...Brokaw has rightly focused on shaping the cast into a superlative ensemble."
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Time Out New York
October 23rd, 2017

"These near-monologues are often gorgeous, but they can also be weirdly self-negating; in 'A Train,' they don’t even always make sense. Still, they’re full of rhetorical fireworks...Carvajal does beautifully, but DiMaggio seems to be performing for a larger room, while Gathegi infuses Lucius with fervor but insufficient danger. And the rocky production reveals a certain stasis in the play...Even as the speeches build in volume and intensity, they seem less and less connected to each other."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 23rd, 2017

"A superbly acted revival...Reveals a young playwright's awkwardness with its overwritten passages and reliance on expository monologues. But it also displays incendiary passion and insight into its troubled characters, qualities that are fully realized in this riveting production staged by Brokaw...The two leads deliver superb performances...It remains a vital, pulsating drama by an ascending playwright whose early promise has been richly fulfilled."
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Variety
October 23rd, 2017

"Guirgis is the go-to guy for riveting monologues and choice dialogue exchanges...The author’s one-line zingers are just as pointed than his longer and more reasoned arguments on faith and redemption...Director Mark Brokaw has spring-wound this production so that taking too long a breath means missing something. Voices are so well orchestrated they’re as complementary as the colors of a painting."
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Deadline
November 28th, 2017

“A feral revival under Mark Brokaw’s direction...The fireworks come from the two prisoners and a playwright whose gifts for street poetry and philosophy are not attenuated by niceties. I would say he takes no prisoners but the opposite is the case. Especially as played with uncompromising ferocity by Carvajal and Gathegi, Angel and Lucius set the stage ablaze, in a production that has no business closing this week and ought to be on Broadway.”
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Theatermania
October 23rd, 2017

"This stunning revival incisively explores the possibility of morality without religion and the existence justice outside the law...Offering few answers or moments of relief, director Mark Brokaw's tightly staged production hurls these quandaries at us with the velocity of an express train making the run between 125th Street and Columbus Circle. Across-the-board stellar performances reinforce an already great play."
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BroadwayWorld
October 24th, 2017

"Stephen Adly Guirgis' superb drama of public morality and personal convictions...Brokaw directs a thoroughly compelling new production that graces the playwright's emotionally thick and thought-provoking piece with an excellent company...Given that the playwright never introduces us to the loved ones of those who were killed, Valdez helps the audience question where their sympathies should lie, making ‘Jesus’ all the more fascinating."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 30th, 2017

"This fascinating, troubling drama begins on a bleakly hilarious note...One of Guirgis' early works, and his inexperience shows...Still, the playwright's skill is evident in the gorgeous arias given to his three main characters and for any number of scalding exchanges...Mark Brokaw's production improves on the original in just about every way."
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