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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, 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.

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Must see, Relevant

See it if you like dark humor and lyrical language (which isn't to say it isn't profane at times, but it's poetic profanity).

Don't see it if naturalistic plays aren't your thing or you don't like monologues or plays about prison.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You enjoy stellar, emotional acting.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy deep plays about why we are here on earth.

89
Absorbing, Riveting, Intense, Relevant

See it if The language is so powerful as is the acting. There's tension and suspense. Great set. Didn't want it to end

Don't see it if You don't like drama

73
Dramatic, assaultive, noisy

See it if You want powerful drama. Based however, on misrepresentation of the law as irrational and unjust, as is sadly standard in film and tv.

Don't see it if You are disturbed by law manipulated to appear unfair, if you understand doing so undermines the rule of law. Very dangerous.

Also Enjoyably dramatic, but a lack of intent to kill means Cruz committed ... Read more Read less

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.

90
Outstanding cast overcomes the often screeching staging of guirgis's striking play ...

See it if you want to experience the expert cast delivering their awesome monologues. They are a joy to behold !

Don't see it if you don't enjoy thought-provoking plays.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Great writing

See it if You enjoy intelligent theatre

Don't see it if You can not follow dialogue closely

85
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Intense

See it if the Grey of the Black and White of right and wrong, G-d and justice, confidence and humility, seems worth shading.

Don't see it if You think prison is where you go to be forgotten.

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You like good acting and staging of a good, not great play.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in prison dramas or prefer lighter fare.

90
Great writing, Great acting, Provocative

See it if You like well written law procedurals charged with thoughts current and provocative.

Don't see it if You are disturbed by profanity in pursuit of the sacred.

95
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if you appreciate great acting, great writing and well thought out ideas delivered to perfection

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

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You like well acted, well written dramas that raise more questions than they answer.

Don't see it if You think you would dislike a play that largely involves debates about crime, punishment, guilt and redemption.

88
Absorbing, Great ensemble, Intense, Slow, Profound

See it if you're open to a play that starts as an exploration of the prison system and ends up meditating on divine justice and redemption.

Don't see it if you don't want to see criminals (even heinous ones) humanized, or have little patience for complicated conversations about religion.

92
Resonant, Relevant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you love superb writing and acting you love intense drama

Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy you are offended by language

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if You want to think about humanity and what is meaningful. Great acting, incredible monologues. Very moving and really makes you think.

Don't see it if You have no compassion for others and think everything is black and white. It will challenge your thinking about what you believe and know.

76
Absorbing, Profound, Intense, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you like drama that is edgy and powerful. Theatre that is thought provoking and topical.

Don't see it if You want something light and entertaining.

78
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if can accept complex, disturbing, fully developed criminal characters in a jail house setting. A talkative dreamlike tale of character flaws.

Don't see it if the clichés of corrupt and sadistic cops mistreating prisoners will stop you from listening to the stories of the other characters

90
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You like thought provoking drama with a little bit of humor.

Don't see it if If you want all the questions answered.

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Profound

See it if you care to see human beings grappling with questions of meaning and morality; freedom and imprisonment. Profound and beautifully acted.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in the human soul.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love amazing writing full of lots of heart supported by amazing performances by a tight ensemble

Don't see it if You're not into religious themes and stories of redemption.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Timely

See it if you enjoy a fast-paced and fascinating story

Don't see it if you prefer light musical theater

88
Great acting, Edgy, Powerful, Slow, A bit esoteric

See it if you want to see commanding skillful acting, a master class in playing multi-leveled complex characters, both enduring and repulsive.

Don't see it if you dislike prison plays, the f-word used more than w/ Mamet, disturbing accounts of violence, and esoteric writing that leaves one unsure.

90
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Riveting, Must see

See it if You enjoy great acting and thought provoking dialogue.

Don't see it if Looking for light fluffy, happy theater.

Also I am biased as have seen most of Guirgis' plays and have enjoyed them ... 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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