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 don't care about drama or plot inertia and want to see a thesis played out on stage
Don't see it if you want characters that aren't just a mouthpiece for the playwright and you prefer your theater to actually be theater.
See it if religious talk is your thing in lecture format.
Don't see it if you've already heard all the religious debates before and rather see something w/ depth and theatricality and something new to say.
See it if one performance -- Emily Donahoe's -- is enough for you. Otherwise, you're in for an intrigue-free, flat, and shallow evening of monotony.
Don't see it if ...you're looking for a fresh exploration of theology and spirituality. The Christians strings together cliche after cliche.