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 /since dramatically shows how destabilizing the questioning of religion's premise can be; strong lead Andrew Garman
Don't see it if /since production takes time to lift off; once gets going, brilliantly explores intersection of conscience/belief/community cohesion/loyalty
See it if You are interested in a play of ideas with consistently great acting, writing, and directing.
Don't see it if You are afraid of theatre that will make you think and come up with your own answers to questions asked by the playwright.
See it if You like challenging dramatic topics and theatre that draws you in and forces you to think !
Don't see it if You can't handle controversy involving religious beliefs.
See it if you're interested in considering different points of view, you appreciate thoughtful pieces, you are fascinated by MegaChurches.
Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with questions about religion.
See it if You're interested in thought-provoking drama. This show had terrific performances, and presented both sides of a religious question fairly.
Don't see it if You prefer your shows to be pure entertainment.
See it if You want a conversation about what is right and wrong through the lens of religion, and how this impacts relationships.
Don't see it if You find innovative staging distracting or want a loud and fast show.
See it if You enjoy theological conundrums, have your own questions about faith and what makes a person truly righteous.
Don't see it if You cannot have your questioned or held up to new light.
See it if Like important issues raised and explored, without yielding hollow answers; appreciate fine writing and great acting.
Don't see it if Want your plays to get resolved tidily.
See it if You are or ever were a religious believer of any sort and sympathize with the struggles of belief and doubt
Don't see it if You need lots of action, you dislike plays about doubt, or you are repulsed by religiousity
See it if You enjoy moral quandaries, are up for exploring questions of adherence to questionable aspects of faith traditions & faith institutions
Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this play unless you would be offended by a debate about the nature of God & faith institutions
See it if you like a new play that is extremely relevant and entertaining. thought provoking too
Don't see it if you are a jesus loving zealot with no room for any other opinions or thoughts.
See it if Once it gets going (about 40 minutes in) dramatic tension soars with no let-up. The production, the ideas & the debate are all superb.
Don't see it if you don't want to feel you're in church and don't want to experience terrific acting and effective drama.
See it if You're interested in the exploration of alternative forms of theatrical storytelling. Most of this show is a sermon delivered by microphone.
Don't see it if You do not like plays about religion.
See it if you love new work that stretch the idea of theatre can do.
Don't see it if you are not interested in an unconventional narrative with hot topic issues.
See it if you're in the mood for a thought-provoking examination of faith in America. Wonderfully acted!
Don't see it if the religious service format makes you uncomfortable.
See it if You appreciate the ability of a playwright to make you re-think issues you thought you were very certain on before you walked in.
Don't see it if You need super fast-moving dialogue and action or big sets; this one is a slow study and requires your focus.
See it if You want to confirm/disclaim if the emotional distance of religious doctrine impacts you personally or as a group. Well acted. Good dialogue
Don't see it if This topic is of no interest to you. Although you might still enjoy hearing the arguments made.
See it if you love to see 'faith' be dealt onstage in the way we, real humans, deal with it
Don't see it if you don't feel like thinking
See it if you have never challenged your own thinking about organized faith and religion.
Don't see it if you are a critical thinker about religion and faith and want more in-depth insight than a well-thought out 90 minute skit.