Opens Oct 23

Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense
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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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Angel Cruz is a 30-year-old bicycle messenger awaiting trial for the death of the leader of a religious cult. Inside Rikers Island, a terrified Angel is befriended by a charismatic serial killer named Lucius Jenkins. Lucius has found God and been born again, and now, Angel's life and the course of his trial will be changed forever.

 

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90
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You want to see a powerful performance about two men in prison and how they deal with their penalty.

Don't see it if You are offended with some profanity. You do not want to see a great play. You don't want to see a play about men in prison.

Also This was a great play. I enjoyed it so much. I was so happy to get a t... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Gritty, Surprisingly funny

See it if You can handle a prison drama where the "bad" guys aren't depicted as evil.This was powerfully acted/directed/staged/written. Stunning.

Don't see it if Don't like looking at the underbelly, think prisoners are 1-dimensional, don't want to hear "f" word, talk of God, or care to be challenged.

Also I saw this the third night that Sean Carvajal performed, his fifth day... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Important

See it if You ponder faith, personal responsibility and bad acts. Loved it despite lead Sean Carvahal carrying script. Super distracting.

Don't see it if You cringe at F word and incarceration issues. Fabulous cast. Edi Gathegi is amazing. Carvahal good under tough circumstances.

94
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you want to see a superbly acted, intense yet entertaining drama about imprisonment, truth, justice, conversion, morality & responsibility.

Don't see it if you seek a light-hearted, mindless diversion.

Also I am so glad that Signature has revived this little-seen masterpiece. ... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see, Relevant, Riveting

See it if brilliantly eloquent bitter & angry play masterfully written directed & acted. A meaningful debate of the judiciary system.Explosive!

Don't see it if You do not like soliloquies and ranting monologues.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy tense , prison dialog with the vernacular of those who are there. The replacement for Angel was superb ..only on book for

Don't see it if you can be upset easily by the portrayal of some villains as "nice guys" The language may also be uncomfortable for some.

Also (Angel) the last bit. The two nasty good/bad guys Lucius and the guard... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Powerful

See it if you want to experience a wonderful piece of theater that is well written and has a fabulous cast...

Don't see it if you don't like shows with jailhouse themes and don't like to hear the F bomb frequently dropped...

83
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great performances, Harrowing, Lots of cursing, used to good effect

See it if You don't mind rough speech and some upsetting situations that are referred to, not seen. (The most disturbing things happen offstage.)

Don't see it if Meditations on morality aren't what you're in the mood for.

Also I attended the first performance of Sean Carvajal as Cruz. I think he ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You care about the criminal justice system, the interplay of religion, guilt, salvation and want to see great acting and intelligent writing

Don't see it if You are looking for light theater fare

79
During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a very intense drama about prison inmates. Excellent acting and staging.

Don't see it if you enjoy light drama or don't like subjects like prisoners.

Also I would have given this drama a higher score but I personally didn't c... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like strong performances and strong distinct characters, fast pacing then see it.

Don't see it if You prefer characters with some redeeming value and/or story with some point to it

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You want to see a play with realistic, smartly written language, set in a prison, about morality, religion, faith, and justice.

Don't see it if You want something light, easy going, feel good,

84
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you’re interested in a relevant play that questions religion, morality & the criminal justice system. Smart writing with enough humor

Don't see it if you want a light comedy and do not want to consider some social commentary.

85
During previews
Masterful, Riveting, Deeply moving

See it if brilliant, insightful writing performed by superb actors about socially and emotionally wrenching subject matter makes theater worthwhile

Don't see it if tough reality on stage in poetically eloquent work is not your thing.

Also Saw the original production and this one succeeds beyond any expectati... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you like a drama with comedic touches set in prison where one of the characters has found Jesus, and wants to spread the word.

Don't see it if you don't like street language, harsh concepts or constant references to religion. Not preachy, but God is a definite element.

Also First: KUDOS to Edi Gathegi (Lucius Jenkins) who joined the cast just ... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You want to see an excellent play, timely, relevant, serious but with a touch of humor. Top notch acting and staging.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something light and fluffy.

69
During previews
Good not great

See it if You want serious social commentary

Don't see it if You don’t want to be preached to

86
During previews
Great acting, Timely, Energetic, Mesmerizing, Viscerally powerful

See it if You're interested in a viscerally powerful story about incarceration and you appreciate amazing acting. Humor and pathos combined.

Don't see it if You don't like prison stories and are offended by off-color language.

94
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Great writing

See it if you love a deep contemporary yet universal issue given an excellent theatrical treatment. The lead was replaced days before and was fine.

Don't see it if You are looking for light entertainment.

Also Starts a little slow but builds to a deep finale.

95
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you want to see a play that is just as important now, and perhaps more so, then when it was first written.

Don't see it if you want to be blind to social injustice within the criminal system.

Also Edi Gathegi stepped into the role at the last minute, with more dialog... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Exquisite, Engrossing

See it if You want to be woke by a timely play that exposes the manipulation and complexities of human beings and our flawed legal system.

Don't see it if You want entertainment to forget about our current societal problems.

82
During previews
Edgy, Great acting, Intense

See it if You would like intense drama about the realities of prison, prisoners and the judicial system

Don't see it if You expecting an upbeat drama and are turned off by foul language

70
During previews
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if Serious drama about prison and faith pared down set, more monologues than action

Don't see it if You want something fluffy and feel good This is not a Broadway musical

90
During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing

See it if You want to explore morally challenging issues.

Don't see it if You don’t like lengthy, considered dialog replete with profanity.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great staging, More of this please

See it if you like meaningful theater. Guirgis engages your mind, and this play makes you consider the world today. It's funny, and it's riveting.

Don't see it if You want to sit back and escape.

Also For me, this is Mr. Guirgis's best work. I like his other plays, but t... Read more Read less