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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

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

85
Great acting, Great writing, Edgy, Funny, Profound

See it if You love Guirgis’s mix of the poetic and the profane, plays about the gritty underbelly of NYC, great acting ensembles

Don't see it if You don’t like salty language. You’re looking for something warm and fuzzy.

100
Riveting, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if whether or not you are a fan or familiar with the playwright. My friends and I were blown away! Best show all year! the acting was amazing

Don't see it if No reason. I guess if you are offended by swear words.

Also Guirgis has become my new favorite playwright. Such a profound, moving... Read more Read less

83
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You are open to the perspectives of inmates and the incarcerated. You like monologue-heavy plays. You can see the gray in the black/white.

Don't see it if you are looking for a plot or an easy answer. Some of the writing is superb and thought-provoking, some would benefit from editing.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if Masterful use of language in this 5 character play. Guirgis is skillful at capturing the language of the characters. Topical. Fun at times.

Don't see it if If you want a 90 minute comedy. Drama about incarceration.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to see ally about truth, religion and justice!

Don't see it if There is no reason

90
Intense, Absorbing, Powerful, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if for questioning the principles of religion, morality and justice

Don't see it if no reason not to see it

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Resonant, Masterful

See it if you're open to provocative, socially relevant topics with brilliant, electrifying dialogue

Don't see it if you can't concentrate for 2 and 1/4 hours or find the characters, situation unpleasant

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you like the relevant drama. Great writing and acting!

Don't see it if you prefer to turn you brain off and just have a good time.

80
Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you like masterfully written dialogue about intense contemporary social analysis. It is heavy and intense but uplifting and funny. Bravo!

Don't see it if you don't want intelligent theater about gritty unnerving social injustice. The dialogue & themes are very NYC hood but easily transcendent

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if You enjoy tough themes relevant to our society. Brilliant acting.

Don't see it if Profanity offends you. You are upset by brutal themes.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if A play which we all need to see if we really want to know about our penal system and the attitudes which prevail on the inside.A must see.

Don't see it if If you like burying your head in the sand about the realities of prison life and it's failures.The cast showed you what it's like inside.

Also The acting was superb.The characters emitted a real sense of reality a... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in a real discussion about religion and good vs. evil

Don't see it if very black comedy and long dialogues aren't your thing

Also It does feel like an early play. A brilliant one, but more seasoned pl... Read more Read less

43
Overrated, Intense, Wordy

See it if we left at halftime.

Don't see it if Had no interest in the characters and the play was too wordy

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like gripping contemporary urban drama.

Don't see it if you want light fare, or simple black and white approaches to social issues.

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Indulgent, Funny

See it if you enjoy monologues performed by good actors.

Don't see it if you don't want to contemplate morality.

88
Absorbing, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if you want to see dynamic performances in a play with conflict and drama.

Don't see it if offensive language offends you or you suspect this might be too much like an episode of Law and Order, only without the expletives.

Also Interesting symmetry: In prison Angel pleads his case to Lucius and lo... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Exquisitely paced, Darkly comic

See it if You want to see an expert production of a work by a playwright with his ear to the ground who is fine-tuned to the cadences of the Everyman

Don't see it if You are put off by shouting and passionate exchanges of aggressive dialogue. You are easier offended by copious use of foul language.

92
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if amazing intense acting by top notch cast

Don't see it if don't like shows with a prison theme or rough language

78
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a well-written play providing much to think about

Don't see it if You want light entertainment

89
2 leads came late to their roles, but were amazing!!, Edgy

See it if you want to see some great acting, can'rt imagine that the originally cast would have been anywhere near as good

Don't see it if you don't want to see guys in prison & some raw emotions

90
Intense, Charismatic, Relevant, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Intertwining internal conflicts between faith and law. Absorbing pace with fantastic acting from everyone. Mind-numbing to say the least

Don't see it if Sympathizing with a psychotic serial killer is troublesome to you. Arguably humanizes criminals.

Also Incredible acting followed by surprisingly complex messages that make ... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if you appreciate the thought provoking, conversation starting dialogue of Gurgis. Solid acting throughout.

Don't see it if you are looking for a plot driven play, this story is more of an exploration into society and faith.

70
Disappointing, Relevant, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if Good acting, the audience liked it. Depends how interested you are in prison shows.i found it totally depressing

Don't see it if It's to wordy,and to long. Not an especially interesting evening of theater

100
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Intense

See it if You like powerful yet compelling writing and acting. Strength of friendship, lunacy, corruption. Great theatre!

Don't see it if You're turned off by foul language, prisons, intense acting and references to god. You're open open minded.


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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