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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
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Avg Score

95
Great acting, Great writing, Dizzying, Absorbing, Masterful

See it if You enjoy intense drama, wonderful acting and brilliant writing that elevates language.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for fluffy fare.

Also Despite its dark world and complex morality, the play is also very fun... Read more Read less

92
Stark gritty emotional drama!, Profoundly written and acted., Absorbing

See it if You like darker, strong evenings of tense theater. You want to hear grit and tense themes. You like 'Law & Order' to the extreme!

Don't see it if Your choice in theater is fluff and sweet times. You can't get there this week. It's closing soon.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want to be over-whelmed by brilliant writing and acting. The energy produced by the actors will have you wound-up for days. Bravo !

Don't see it if if you can’t handle two guys with only street creds discuss god, right vs. wrong, the limits of friendship/responsibility or the F word.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Riveting, Relevant

See it if you like a well-directed, well-acted, well-written play. I can't think of a better cast for this solid drama.

Don't see it if tough language and ideas bother you.

85
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a realistic, well-structured prison drama that resonates with layered, intelligent questions and thought.

Don't see it if you don't want to hear a lot of shouting.

85
Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want a dark, profound play with funny moments; you want to see great performances in a well written play with themes of law and religion

Don't see it if You want fluffy comedy or musical, you don't like dark plays, rough language, prison settings, religious or violent themes.

Also I wish I had seen the original production and cast. Glad I caught this... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in questions of divine and human justice

Don't see it if You don't like long monologues

91
Tough, probing, funny work!

See it if you love hard-edged, gritty, hysterical, challenging work. If GBS was the house playwright for Steppenwolf based in Harlem...

Don't see it if you're turned off by rough language or you prefer your theater refined.

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

81
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You like dramas that make you think

Don't see it if You dislike dramas that make you think

85
Absorbing, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if What an incredible piece of theatre this was! Too bad crap theatre on Broadway almost never amounts to work Off-Broadway like this

Don't see it if Everyone in this whole country should see this. Especially Trump.

Also Edi Gathegi deserves a Tony for this performance and unfortunately he ... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Intelligent

See it if you want a beautifully crafted show related to the criminal justice system: compelling characters and valid philosophical questions.

Don't see it if you don't want to be moved, think or are looking for a mindless--forget-the-next-day theater experience.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if If you like deep intense plays. You enjoy this playwright.

Don't see it if You want a light entertain me play. You find the topics of faith and violence uncomfortable.

92
Great staging, Intense, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like dramas about people who do bad things and their motives.

Don't see it if you can't handle loud, intense acting.

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you appreciate great writing

Don't see it if the real world has no place in your life or theater.

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

95
Riveting, Profound, Must see, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You appreciate outstanding acting and a truly magnificent play.

Don't see it if You are upset by descriptions of violence.

90
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy hard edged drama with a bit of humor.

Don't see it if you are looking for light fare,

82
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Resonant

See it if You like tense dramas with interesting, lengthy wordplay and risk taking acting.

Don't see it if You like lighter fare, or if you don't like language driven plays as this one is definitely a mouthful.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

See it if You want to see the best performances of any show this year

Don't see it if You can't handle foul language

75
Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to face very real characters with punchy dialogue that cleverly unsettles and makes you think.

Don't see it if you're looking for something with a well paced plot. You don't like swearing.

Also Lots to admire, slightly harder to love. The acting is absolutely trem... Read more Read less

79
Intelligent, Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you're okay with mixed quality of acting for a really strong script. Overall a very respectable rendering of the play.

Don't see it if you saw the play when it first opened and you are expecting a similar experience.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Riveting

See it if an intense play about the criminal justice system, faith and morality. great writing and staging, spectacular performances.

Don't see it if a lot of profanity. a lot of discussion of religion that may offend some or turn some off. more than a little moral equivalency.

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

See it if you are interested in seeing a powerful production that explores crime, justice & redemption. No easy answers, but lots of food for thought.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by profanity, or are not interested in shows that deal with the criminal justice system.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Intense

See it if unfortunately it closed yesterday. it was brilliantly acted and directed and a complex story of shame and redemption.

Don't see it if there is no reason not to see this play.


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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