Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train
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Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train

Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train NYC Reviews and Tickets

(212 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (212)

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286 Reviews | 23 Followers
Great acting, Epic, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're looking for a stunningly acted powerhouse drama that ponders the big questions - from writing to staging to acting it is flawless!

Don't see it if You're not looking for an intense evening at the theater - it's often laugh out loud funny, but definitely not a lighthearted, easy show.

154 Reviews | 31 Followers
Riveting, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if whether or not you are a fan or familiar with the playwright. My friends and I were blown away! Best show all year! the acting was amazing

Don't see it if No reason. I guess if you are offended by swear words. Read more

146 Reviews | 28 Followers
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Intense

See it if You like powerful yet compelling writing and acting. Strength of friendship, lunacy, corruption. Great theatre!

Don't see it if You're turned off by foul language, prisons, intense acting and references to god. You're open open minded.

50 Reviews | 6 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if you appreciate great acting, great writing and well thought out ideas delivered to perfection

Don't see it if No reason not to see it

784 Reviews | 249 Followers
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.

538 Reviews | 280 Followers
Better than the original—and the original was excellent!, Absorbing, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if your want to see one of Guirgis' early plays performed by a first-class ensemble with astute direction by Mark Brokaw.

Don't see it if you don't like intense dramas or an overuse of the "F" word. This is taut, riveting theatre—not for the "Hello, Dolly!" crowd.

134 Reviews | 35 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Dizzying, Absorbing, Masterful

See it if You enjoy intense drama, wonderful acting and brilliant writing that elevates language.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for fluffy fare. Read more

89 Reviews | 21 Followers
Riveting, Profound, Must see, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You appreciate outstanding acting and a truly magnificent play.

Don't see it if You are upset by descriptions of violence.

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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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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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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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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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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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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