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. More…
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.
See it if you love Guirgis and want to see his prison drama. The actors work very hard - probably too hard. There's poetry here but it's not enough.
Don't see it if the production is unceasingly LOUD; there is no moderation of tone or delivery, so everything tends to blur. It's a series of speeches.
See it if You want to dig deep and think about issues of guilt and innocence and religious implications and the criminal justice system.
Don't see it if You want a show that feels urgent or as though it builds. This is performed at one loud note that doesn’t vary.
See it if You can take long monologues on religion, guilt, and non-redemption. It's a downer -- everyone fails in some way. But it's well-acted.
Don't see it if You dislike prison plays that don't resolve. There is a lot of talk but it seems to come to nothing.
See it if You enjoy prison dramas, or talk about prayer and religion
Don't see it if Talk about God bores you; you don't like plays that are made up mostly of two-actor scenes and single-actor direct address to the audience