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The Crusade of Connor Stephens

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking

About the show

This new drama focuses on a Texas family trying to come to terms with a tragic act of violence. More…

In the midst of widespread media attention, their story becomes an allegory for the national debate over religion, tolerance, and the seedlings of hate. With humor and resilience, they confront the ghosts of the past and discover the brutal universal truths that define the American family in the 21st century.


Member Reviews (135)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking
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Avg Score

78
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Uneven acting

See it if Intense fast-paced and dramatic. Multi-layerd plot. Kiberd is riveting to watch. Very entertaining and thought-provoking.

Don't see it if LGBT and religiosity issues are not for you. Small but adequate production. Some really uncomfortable acting.

Also This is really entertaining and fast-paced. Lots of characters with lo... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Relevant, Uneven, Absorbing, Dramatic

See it if You like family dramas with LOTS of drama. Breakdowns, confrontations, revelations - it plays out like an entertaining soap opera.

Don't see it if Performances are uneven. Verges on melodramatic - prob not the directors intent but entertaining nonetheless & never boring.

60
Cliched, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant

See it if Topical issues - gay rights, religious freedom, mass murder - portrayed in a simplicitic, melodramtic fashion. Able actors work in vain

Don't see it if A more skilled director may have honed some credibility out of proceedings but alas director & author are one & the same. A sad misfire

68
Ambitious, Cliched, Dated, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if you enjoy issue plays touching on current topics including religious hypocrisy & gay acceptance, family plays with multiple revelations

Don't see it if References to recent events such as school shootings, religious bigotry & family rejection make you uncomfortable

Also Some of the characters are not fully developed, particularly the gay s... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a great drama. One action brings so much reaction and changes all the characters' lives. Excellent acting and very relevant.

Don't see it if you like comedy.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want a well-acted, well written play about themes which are relevant today. Aside from being a bit long, this was a very satisfying show

Don't see it if you dislike themes of hatred and homosexuality; otherwise no reason to not see this show unless you only like musicals.

Also Acting was so good that I really hated the father by the end of the sh... Read more Read less

83
Delightful, Absorbing, Great acting, Must see

See it if you want to be surprised in a great way like I was.

Don't see it if you think its going to be a big broadway show, yes that play is located on broadway but not a broaday show. Not much bad to say

Also I don't know why but this show was not at the top of list. Maybe the t... Read more Read less

82
Texas preacher's hate upends his family

See it if Family melodrama of fundamentalist religiosity, same-sex marriage and gun violence. Intense plot,relevant issues and good acting. Well done

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment. Inconsolable sadness leavened by Granny's pathos and humor. Loved the boys, too.

Also The son Jim Jr. is played by Ben Curtis, the Dell Dude in a series of ... Read more Read less

78
Relevant, Great acting, Slow, Riveting, Intense

See it if you are in the mood for a very serious drama about how intolerance can destroy a family.

Don't see it if you want a fresh perspective on a topic that has already been addressed in many forms.

Also Although very well acted and a good play, there are few surprises.

80
Thought-provoking, Intense, Confusing, Relevant

See it if You would like a well-acted, riveting show regarding a hate crime. Despite the confusing about-turn in attitude by the mother - worthwhile.

Don't see it if You want a fluffy show or don't like intense dramas dealing with religious beliefs.

55
Ambitious, Overacted, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see an intense story about a broken family with varied beliefs as they try to deal with loss and healing.

Don't see it if you are not open to seeing/hearing other people's viewpoints on polarizing topics like religion and LGBTQ issues.

Also I'll start off by saying that I live streamed the show from my compute... Read more Read less

76
Cliched, Ambitious, Slow, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if would like to see an 8 person play that discusses the harsh reality that religion can sometimes spread hate. Actors were uneven in talent.

Don't see it if you are looking for a feel good play. This play had me feeling unsatisfied on how it ends.

83
Perfect ensemble casting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy well written & acted contemporary drama exploring themes of loss, religion, gay adoption, hate, violence,& dysfunctional families.

Don't see it if you are offended by realistic portrayals of evangelicals using religion to espouse hatred. Sorry if my bias shows in this comment.

99
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Must see, Relevant

See it if You want to be challenged and blown away by the ultimate showdown between fundamentalist rigidity and the power of gay love. Explosive drama

Don't see it if You only want light fluffy entertainment and avoid serious theater examining the crucial issues of today.

Also This powerful emotional play deserves a much wider audience in a first... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to understand religious hypocrisy and its effect on a family.

Don't see it if You need lots of action.

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if really well done tale about intolerance; well written, excellent acting

Don't see it if you don't want to deal with religious issues of intolerance

66
Banal, Cliched, Insipid, Ambitious

See it if you like melodrama and big acting about serious issues and religious sentiment

Don't see it if you like subtle underlying themes

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you want to see a moving play dealing with LBGT issues versus organized religion.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a playwright's first play with emotional issues.

78
Relevant, Absorbing, Slow

See it if How hatred and prejudice can destroy families. Intense. Slow. Uneven acting but worth seeing

Don't see it if If you don't want to visit themes of homosexuality and violence

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if you would like to see matters of tolerance, religion and acceptance handled maturely

Don't see it if you expect something light; it's serious

78
Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like to be close to the performance. This show touches a lot of nerves plus you think about how love is given and withheld in families.

Don't see it if you have an affinity for Baptists and their beliefs/hypocrisy.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You enjoy great acting in an intimate theater, drama, relevant to what happens in today's world

Don't see it if You don't want to see a drama or need a big production

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to see a story about Christianity and homosexuality. If you care about social and familial issues.

Don't see it if You're expecting comedy, or are offended by homosexuality.

89
An absorbing new play in the style of tracy letts and tennessee williams, Tracy letts and tennessee williams: meet a new ally----dewey moss

See it if Brilliant acting and a story that needs to be told and heard and held close to our hearts (and minds).

Don't see it if You want to grow as a human being (liberal or conservative).

Also Wonderful ensemble playing (Kathleen Huber a special treat as the gran... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Emotional

See it if You are curious to know how most of the rest of the country feels about subjects that we, here in NYC, are more tolerant & open minded about

Don't see it if You are homophobic, or deeply involved in organized religion.

Also This show did its job. I was angry, sad, emotional & feisty. I am not ... Read more Read less


June 26th, 2017
"Excruciatingly sincere, Moss’s melodrama about intolerance is all bleeding heart. That leaves no room for anything else in 'The Crusade of Connor Stephens,' an overwrought tale of two gay Texas men whose lives are shattered by an act of gun violence sparked by hateful religious rhetoric...In mid...
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June 26th, 2017
"Disappointingly, all we get is a tear-stained melodrama of the most obvious variety...Moss's script is perfectly calibrated to stoke our righteous gay fury, to the point that it often strains credulity...The cast impressively turns on the waterworks for this schlock. It's hard not to feel someth...
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June 29th, 2017
"Dewey Moss, the author and director, keeps arranging and rearranging the characters in a series of artificial-looking stage pictures when not dispatching the minor characters offstage on a series of lame pretexts, so those remaining can take part in yet another turgid confrontation...The result ...
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July 14th, 2017
"Because 'The Crusade of Connor Stephens' is designed to be so entirely moving, it fails as a piece of construction—in between the histrionics, the play never lifts off the ground...The text of 'The Crusade of Connor Stephens' doesn't inform the performance; every actor has so much charged emotio...
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