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Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train

From 213 member  reviews
Members say: 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. 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.


Member Reviews (213)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense

68
Disappointing, Intense, Overrated, Ambitious

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.

Also As a side note, the legal machinations in the plot are both unnecessar... Read more Read less

55
Ambitious, Banal, Overrated, Monotonous, Poorly staged

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.

Also I’m curious if another production of this play might have won me over,... Read more Read less

67
Ambitious, Relevant, Intense

See it if You want an intelligent and morally good evening of theatre with heavy subject matter

Don't see it if You are interested in seeing something (at all) light.

Also A talented and ambitious but overly-emphatic drama given an effective ... Read more Read less

66
Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if You are a fan of intense theater like long monologues and good acting

Don't see it if you are not in the mood to be deeply depressed

65
Great acting, Slow, Confusing

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.

58
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you want to watch a glorified Law and Order episode.

Don't see it if you're offended by the f-word or are expecting a plot or character development.

During previews
69
Good not great

See it if You want serious social commentary

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

During previews
65
Slow, Disappointing, Uneven acting

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

Also In defense of the production, at the performance I saw (Oct 15), one o... Read more Read less


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 ...
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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...
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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 Broka...
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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 mi...
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