The first show in Playwrights Horizon's 15-16 season, 'The Christians' by Lucas Hnath is an idea-packed drama about a pastor of a megachurch whose changing beliefs send his congregation spiraling. More…
Ten years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was a modest storefront. Now it houses thousands, with a coffee shop in the lobby and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundation of his congregation’s beliefs. Backed by a live choir, 'The Christians' is both epic and unexpectedly intimate, an unflinching look at faith in America — and its power to unite or divide.
See it if you enjoy theater that makes you reconsider things you take for granted.
Don't see it if you dislike plays where the characters mostly discuss philosophical issues and there is very little interpersonal drama.
See it if want philosophy 101 cliffnotes, to see Ms. Powell's and Ms. Donahoe's stellar wordless reacting, are conflicted or evolving on religion
Don't see it if think screaming into highly amped microphones a terrible idea, are annoyed by too-convenient plot developments, already took philosophy 101
See it if you want to see a choir of non actors sit on stage, sing for a bit, then watch the play as spectators bedecked in choir robes.
Don't see it if you want nothing to do with religion & questioning belief systems, or if mega churches freak you out.
See it if Interested in shows about religion.
Don't see it if deals in broad strokes; caricatures. The set and sound design had none of the energy that make megachurches attractive. Slowish.
See it if you want to see actors really living in the moment and grappling with tough philosophical questions
Don't see it if you're tired of the morality debate between Christian ideology and 21st century American values of acceptance and freedom
See it if You want a conceptually inventive production! The lead actor plays the pastor very believably, and overall the ensemble is alluring.
Don't see it if You want a spectacle, or a campy musical. It takes focus and intent to follow the script and be in the moment.