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Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train

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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
86
Avg Score

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Resonant

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

Also Someone tell the director that intense doesn't have to equal loud. A l... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Edgy, Indulgent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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.

Also Playwright Stephen Agly Guirgis’s play, set in New York City’s Rikers ... Read more Read less

85
Must see, Absorbing / thought-provoking, Strong performances, Loud / intense / edgy, Well-written & staged

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.

Also WORDY as hell, but very powerful script.... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

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.

89
Gut-wrenching, great performances

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.

70
Loud, Yelling, Ambitious, Intense

See it if The prison experience or the judicial process is of interest to you.

Don't see it if You are negatively impacted by graphic, loud language and constant yelling.

82
Intense, Thought-provoking, Talky, Acting over the top

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.

92
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Creative, Powerful

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.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

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.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Profound

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.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Great dialogue, Intense, Relevant

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.

85
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent, Masterful

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.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

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.

90
Great acting, Relevant, Excellent script, Thought-provoking, Profound

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.

Also The acting was terrific all around but Edi Gathegi as Lucius and Sean ... Read more Read less

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

100
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.

95
Absorbing, Funny, Must see, Riveting

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!

Also I don't usually love a show with long monologues directed at the audie... 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

75
Is there justice in our prison system?

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

Also Stephen Adly Guirgis also wrote Motherf--ker with the Hat and won the ... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

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.

Also Allowing for the fact that this is early Guirgis, it is still brillian... Read more Read less

83
Revelatory revival, Wonderful acting, Sensitive direction, Exuberant writing despite prison milieu

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

Also So glad I caught this revival before it closed. It wasn't at the top o... Read more Read less

81
Clever, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant, Profound

See it if you enjoy a poetic writing ala Stephen Adly Guirgis

Don't see it if you prefer a fluffy play

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you appreciate drama

Don't see it if you have no feelings for people who are incarcerated

90
Absorbing argument re guilt, right vs wrong, existence of god

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.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you love great writing and brilliant acting - fascinating show.

Don't see it if you do not like dramas


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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