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The Christians

From 83 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (83)


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

Disappointing, Entertaining, Interesting, Poor writting, Middling acting

See it if you have time

Don't see it if you don't like plots that don't make sense.

Slow, Boring, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated

See it if You like plays that comment on religion and enjoy religious debates.

Don't see it if You don't like social commentary on religion.

Cliched, Ambitious

See it if my wife liked it. I thought it would offend many

Don't see it if if feel strongly about your religion and cannot tolerate other opinions

Clever, Intelligent, Original, Overrated

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.

Questionable staging, Good acting, Ambiguous, Poor sound design

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

Intelligent, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Inventive staging

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.

Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

Overdone, Great direction, Thought provoking, Dated, Absorbing

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

Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you want to annoy your friends with a talky think piece

Don't see it if you are afraid to annoy your friends with a talky think piece

Cliched, Indulgent, Resonant, Quirky, Great acting

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.

September 17th, 2015
"'The Christians,' is the first important new play of the young fall season...It has been ingeniously staged by the director, Les Waters...Mr. Hnath is one of the freshest playwriting voices to emerge in the past five years or so. He’s also an adventurous thinker in terms of style and content...'...
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September 17th, 2015
"Although superbly staged by Les Waters and the use of microphones serves to both amplify and distance the coiled language, Hnath seems to lose nerve as he goes...There are so few plays that take on big moral questions, and Hnath is a serious writer, so I can still recommend 'The Christians,' but...
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September 17th, 2015
"In his extraordinary new play 'The Christians' at Playwrights Horizons, Lucas Hnath grapples with dogma itself...In the strange, superb direction by Les Waters, the distancing elements are amped up. The result is a kind of 'public service': an exurban passion play. The surprise is the passion pa...
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September 17th, 2015
"It's so rare to see religious beliefs depicted onstage without condescension that Lucas Hnath's new play becomes all the more intriguing...'The Christians' is an ambitious, effort that deserves attention. But even though attention must be paid, the work proves disappointing in its overly styliz...
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