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 want to be suckered into the penal system and the lives of some really unsavory characters
Don't see it if You want black and white responses to everything , this exists in the grey areas of life
See it if you want to gain a birds-eye view of the inside of prison through the eyes of five characters, who you will never forget.
Don't see it if prison dramas and the F-word spoken in rapid succession are just not of interest to you.
See it if you understand this is prison-themed high-drama, w/LOUD intense intimidating non-stop cursing. LOTS of monologues but the acting is strong.
Don't see it if you're a wuss. Enough humor & the intermission helps you process & digest Act I. Big crescendo in Act 2, w/seemingly inevitable resolution.
See it if Engrossing play based in prison,uses the characters to discuss religious and societal issues. Terrific performances by all.
Don't see it if You prefer lighter fare.There are comedic elements,but it is a dark play. Don't see it if issues regarding murder are too sensitive for you.
See it if If you like Stephen Adly Guirgis's harsh comedy drama, you are interested in strong theater and the human condition.
Don't see it if you are in any offended by foul language, there is so much of it, you think our schools and prison systems do a good job, you want to laugh.
See it if You appreciate socially relevant themes, strong acting (if sometimes one note, as in too loud), and compelling stage spaces.
Don't see it if You haven’t had enough coffee as this one has a lot of words for the message.
Also Could use editing to shape some of the bagginess.
See it if You are interested in how minds work, & recognize that the unthinkable comes from the serious thought process of someone who thinks.
Don't see it if Your view of the world is black and white, and does not allow for that which is beyond your experience.
See it if This is a riveting production with an excellent cast. Thought-provoking, interspersed with humor.
Don't see it if You are offended by strong language, aren't interested in why some people kill.
See it if You want to see great acting, on tough subjects, with a tight cast.
Don't see it if You’re looking for a perfect story. The ending JUST missed elevating this from good to great, but a must see anyway.
See it if You want to see a good, if somewhat flawed play, with great dialogue, expert acting and fine direction.
Don't see it if You prefer plays that emphasize plot over dialogue and exposition.
See it if You like plays that make you think. This one succeeds on so many different levels.
Don't see it if It's a difficult play to watch, a searing examination of our justice system, how it impacts those who administer it and those incarcerated.
See it if socially relevant plays about justice, the meaning of redemption and how God figures into the equation entice you. Riveting performances!
Don't see it if incarcerating plays that hold you prisoner aren't for you. Brilliant writing challenges everything you believe; no matter what that is.
See it if you are open to a glimpse of what happens inside prisons; the lives leading up to getting there; and the possibilities of getting out.
Don't see it if are offended by swearing; can't handle prison scenes; don't want to hear about religion saving souls.
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'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.
See it if you want to see a classic by Guirgis. It's performed beautifully and is a very absorbing story.
Don't see it if you don't like profanity or prison dramas. This isn't for everyone, but I sure loved it!
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 explores prison reality in Rikers, 23-hour lock down; two inmates examine their crimes and their futures; thought provoking!
Don't see it if rapid-fire dialogue/monologues; questions redemption and morality, the criminal justice system, religion and God
See it if you are interested in themes of "crime and punishment", religion/ redemption, individuals vs. the system, questions of free will/ god's will
Don't see it if the above subjects are not your idea of a fun night out (although the play is highly entertaining/ quite funny) don't like coarse language.
See it if you like the cascades of colorful language that define character for Guirgis; never has impotence and rage felt more hyperhythmic
Don't see it if questions of morality and grace among criminals don't engage you; profanity offends you; you are triggered by scenes of prison brutality
See it if Interesting debate about right vs wrong & how people live w/ consequences of their actions. Excellent acting, compelling, thought-provoking.
Don't see it if you think that harsh talk between some who live or work in the prison system will offend you.
Also Highly recommended.