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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.