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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
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Absorbing, Profound

See it if You want to explore morally challenging issues.

Don't see it if You don’t like lengthy, considered dialog replete with profanity.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Profound

See it if Who gets to judge good and bad? Are there degrees of guilt? Is there redemption? Powerful dialogue with stark stage lighting. Great actors.

Don't see it if You want something light and escapism. Be ready to tackle some deep concepts.

During previews
70
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Curious

See it if you're into chatty philosophy rap sessions.

Don't see it if you want your political beliefs confirmed, whatever they are.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Intense, Raw

See it if you want to understand the "injustice" system in New York City

Don't see it if four-letter words are not your thing

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

See it if If you like at that makes you think

Don't see it if If you prefer predigested escapism

During previews
65
Slow, Disappointing, Uneven acting

See it if You enjoy prison dramas, or talk about prayer and religion

Don't see it if Talk about God bores you; you don't like plays that are made up mostly of two-actor scenes and single-actor direct address to the audience

Also In defense of the production, at the performance I saw (Oct 15), one o... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Exquisite, Dizzying, Great acting, Masterful, Profound

See it if Strong direction, the best production of this play to date, cohesive and well acted

Don't see it if You are afraid confronting society's demons.

Also The new lead--a young man--was still on book with 5 days rehearsal, an... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if You want to see an well performed comic drama that explores the criminal justice system and personal responsibility.

Don't see it if You dislike obscenity or irreverence.

During previews
88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if you enjoy an intensely acted show that raises challenging questions about the nature of redemption without offering easy answers.

Don't see it if you don't care for a show that poses questions about religion and about social issues such as the fairness of our justice system.

Also The characters in this show are all deeply flawed people. The strong a... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if Strong dialogue. compelling situation. The central character, Angel, is quite moving. Play raises profound issues, timely and universal.

Don't see it if The plot is idea driven but a bit static. Murderer/born-again Christian Lucius' can be long-winded. His psychology is not fully realized.

During previews
80
Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if You want to watch an absorbing, heartbreaking, yet still entertaining contemporary play about criminal justice.

Don't see it if You're offended by strong language or don't want to engage with complex issues.

During previews
97
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if You are looking for something both thought-provoking and entertaining, as well as something relevant. Both the writing and the acting are st

Don't see it if You are offended by the use of profanity.

During previews
94
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You like First rate acting and directing

Don't see it if If you can’t handle strong language and existential questions


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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