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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

During previews
90
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Profound

See it if You want to see a powerful performance about two men in prison and how they deal with their penalty.

Don't see it if You are offended with some profanity. You do not want to see a great play. You don't want to see a play about men in prison.

Also This was a great play. I enjoyed it so much. I was so happy to get a t... Read more Read less

During previews
83
Harrowing, Lots of cursing, used to good effect, Great performances, Thought-provoking

See it if You don't mind rough speech and some upsetting situations that are referred to, not seen. (The most disturbing things happen offstage.)

Don't see it if Meditations on morality aren't what you're in the mood for.

Also I attended the first performance of Sean Carvajal as Cruz. I think he ... Read more Read less

During previews
83
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Difficult dark subject matter dealing with race,justice, morality and redemption set in a prison and executed beautifully with great ensembl

Don't see it if You can’t take difficult play with dark themes and exquisite street language that is brilliantly spoken

Also Amazing execution given last minute cast replacements who are excellen... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Masterful, Riveting, Deeply moving

See it if brilliant, insightful writing performed by superb actors about socially and emotionally wrenching subject matter makes theater worthwhile

Don't see it if tough reality on stage in poetically eloquent work is not your thing.

Also Saw the original production and this one succeeds beyond any expectati... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Disappointing, Intense, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Serious drama about prison and faith pared down set, more monologues than action

Don't see it if You want something fluffy and feel good This is not a Broadway musical

During previews
90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Epic, Great acting

See it if you are interested in a serious piece that is ambitious but makes you laugh.

Don't see it if prison, cursing, religious talk or power struggles are things that you are uncomfortable confronting.

During previews
88
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want to see a play with realistic, smartly written language, set in a prison, about morality, religion, faith, and justice.

Don't see it if You want something light, easy going, feel good,

During previews
90
Absorbing, Clever, Important

See it if You ponder faith, personal responsibility and bad acts. Loved it despite lead Sean Carvahal carrying script. Super distracting.

Don't see it if You cringe at F word and incarceration issues. Fabulous cast. Edi Gathegi is amazing. Carvahal good under tough circumstances.

During previews
94
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you like a drama with comedic touches set in prison where one of the characters has found Jesus, and wants to spread the word.

Don't see it if you don't like street language, harsh concepts or constant references to religion. Not preachy, but God is a definite element.

Also First: KUDOS to Edi Gathegi (Lucius Jenkins) who joined the cast just ... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Powerful, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to experience a wonderful piece of theater that is well written and has a fabulous cast...

Don't see it if you don't like shows with jailhouse themes and don't like to hear the F bomb frequently dropped...

During previews
75
Ambitious, Relevant, Intense, Profane

See it if you want to see a Rikers Island set drama about killers.

Don't see it if you're not interested in a cliched prison drama.

During previews
91
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want an inkling into what goes on in the minds of those held at Rikers and the lawyers who serve them. It's raw and will leave you wet!

Don't see it if you can't take raw emotions and vulgar language. This show will tug at your heartstrings. Not for children and the weak.

During previews
85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You care about the criminal justice system, the interplay of religion, guilt, salvation and want to see great acting and intelligent writing

Don't see it if You are looking for light theater fare

During previews
94
Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Must see, Intense

See it if you love a deep contemporary yet universal issue given an excellent theatrical treatment. The lead was replaced days before and was fine.

Don't see it if You are looking for light entertainment.

Also Starts a little slow but builds to a deep finale.

During previews
85
Relevant, Great acting, Strong writing, Intellectually engaging, Challenging

See it if On the surface it’s a play about incarceration at Rikers, but it’s really about religion, belief, and salvation. Moving and engaging.

Don't see it if You do not want to think about religious belief and whether horrific acts are ever justified and forgiven by your God and your belief.

During previews
78
Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like strong performances and strong distinct characters, fast pacing then see it.

Don't see it if You prefer characters with some redeeming value and/or story with some point to it

During previews
95
Masterful, Relevant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if brilliantly eloquent bitter & angry play masterfully written directed & acted. A meaningful debate of the judiciary system.Explosive!

Don't see it if You do not like soliloquies and ranting monologues.

During previews
100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You enjoy realistic personal and interpersonal struggles, actors who fully envelope their characters, don’t need multiple locations

Don't see it if You are upset by cursing and some negative religious language, need large and varied sets, can’t endure cruel behavior to others

During previews
86
Mesmerizing, Viscerally powerful, Great acting, Energetic, Timely

See it if You're interested in a viscerally powerful story about incarceration and you appreciate amazing acting. Humor and pathos combined.

Don't see it if You don't like prison stories and are offended by off-color language.

During previews
94
Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You like Steve Guirgis' work, shows about the prison system, to see how people rate murder.

Don't see it if You are bothered by prison stories.

During previews
99
Must see, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Masterful, Profound

See it if you love serious theater— this is close to perfection

Don't see it if You’re in the mood for escapism. If that’s what you want, try to get it out of your system fast. You really don’t want to miss this show!

Also Sensational! Brilliant, provocative script. Powerful performances. Nea... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Intense, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You would like intense drama about the realities of prison, prisoners and the judicial system

Don't see it if You expecting an upbeat drama and are turned off by foul language

During previews
100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Exquisite, Engrossing

See it if You want to be woke by a timely play that exposes the manipulation and complexities of human beings and our flawed legal system.

Don't see it if You want entertainment to forget about our current societal problems.

During previews
95
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a play that is just as important now, and perhaps more so, then when it was first written.

Don't see it if you want to be blind to social injustice within the criminal system.

Also Edi Gathegi stepped into the role at the last minute, with more dialog... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, More of this please

See it if you like meaningful theater. Guirgis engages your mind, and this play makes you consider the world today. It's funny, and it's riveting.

Don't see it if You want to sit back and escape.

Also For me, this is Mr. Guirgis's best work. I like his other plays, but t... 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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