The Crusade of Connor Stephens
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The Crusade of Connor Stephens

The Crusade of Connor Stephens NYC Reviews and Tickets

(135 Reviews)
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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.

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Member Reviews (135)

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913 Reviews | 928 Followers
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. Read more

888 Reviews | 1017 Followers
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.

716 Reviews | 157 Followers
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 Read more

715 Reviews | 109 Followers
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.

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
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

520 Reviews | 107 Followers
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 Read more

468 Reviews | 121 Followers
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. Read more

435 Reviews | 126 Followers
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (12)

Time Out New York
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 midtown Manhattan, it feels like preaching to the choir, and the sermon is rarely inspiring...The actors strive valiantly to enliven the lugubrious material."
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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 something in such close proximity to pain...Moss has not written about real people...We know who to cheer and who to jeer, making 'The Crusade of Connor Stephens' not much more than a secular morality play."
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Lighting & Sound America
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 is a kind of Southern-fried Ibsen, with everyone hurling accusations at everyone else...The acting is of the clenched-jaw variety, with bursts of rage and floods of tears flowing as needed."
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Theatre is Easy
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 emotion that there's no room for subtlety...As much as I didn’t enjoy this particular play, I realize that 'The Crusade of Connor Stephens' is not meant for me."
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Stage Buddy
June 27th, 2017

"A devastating, heartbreaking and timely piece...This is a full two hours containing the kind of plot revelations and family secrets that make us decide how we want to be remembered as a country...Mr. Moss’s direction keeps the story moving with simple, effective staging. His writing allows us to examine both sides of every issue...It’s gorgeous, devastating stuff, folks. Run, save yourselves, do not miss 'The Crusade of Connor Stephens.'"
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June 27th, 2017

“Dewey Moss directs his engaging play with the care of a playwright and – after creating some distance between himself and his work – he will surely quicken the pace of the action to more exactly match the emotional strength of this important play. The intermission seems unnecessary and serves to break the action and affect the energy of the performances in the second act. ‘The Crusade of Connor Stephens’ could not be more relevant in the current climate.”
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Broadway Blog
June 29th, 2017

“It's asking too much for us to accept that an otherwise normal boy would be so swayed by such a comment that he'd shoot, not Junior but his child, and then kill himself, especially as absolutely nothing is done to explain Connor's mental state…Some left the theatre wiping their eyes, but the only emotion I felt was pity for the actors unable to form a cohesive ensemble in this well-intentioned but poorly staged, lugubriously paced, dully acted, emotionally forced, and awkwardly written drama.”
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June 29th, 2017

"A play that comes roaring out the gate like a bull let loose from its corral...Even though Mr. Moss proffers some hope for humane redemption, such redemption is couched realistically in small amounts, with no phony reconciliation to wrap things up on a cheery note...'The Crusade of Connor Stephens' is a bit of a sledgehammer as a play, but it is equally a cri-de-coeur by the playwright, Dewey Moss, who also directs the fine company."
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