The Gospel of John
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The Gospel of John
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The Gospel of John NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(21 Reviews)
Positive
95%
Mixed
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Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Drama Desk-winning Broadway actor Ken Jennings ("Sweeney Todd," "Grand Hotel," "Side Show") performs "The Gospel of John," playing all the parts and bringing the Gospel to life.

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Member Reviews (21)

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741 Reviews | 121 Followers
85
Intense, Masterful, Profound, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if as an alternative to all the holiday hype. Ken Jennings does an astounding job of creating a personality for each of the speaking characters

Don't see it if you find Biblical text repetitious to the point of irritation. The fundamentals of Christianity are represented if that's a problem for you

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
87
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if fan of Ken Jennings, interested in this Gospel, are a Christian, enjoy 1-person shows, have seen performances of other Gospels (ie. Mark)

Don't see it if Not a Christian or interested in the Gospels, don't enjoy 1-person shows, uncomfortable around religion, not familiar with John

356 Reviews | 199 Followers
79
Ambitious, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Powerful performance on the topic of Jesus Christ’s adult life thru one performer. His performance spoke of truth and strong beliefs.

Don't see it if You don’t want to watch a performance on the topic of Jesus Christ.

275 Reviews | 62 Followers
77
Devout, Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you're a "Believer"-Christian & especially Catholic; you want to hear a virtuoso recitation of the Gospel of St. John by a good actor.

Don't see it if you're expecting a Gospel reenactment w/ multiple actors; you dislike religion,especially Catholicism.You'll struggle w/being still so long Read more

148 Reviews | 99 Followers
78
Simple staging, Meaningful -- but for a niche audience, Unusual, Roman catholic beliefs focused on, Gospel shared in a story-telling form

See it if you're Roman Catholic; you've never heard "The Gospel of John" spoken aloud; you're a New Testament fan; you've ever wished for a miracle

Don't see it if you're expecting a traditional play with scenes, costumes, a large cast instead of a 2-hr recitation by one actor; you're an Atheist Read more

170 Reviews | 26 Followers
93
Profound, Relevant, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a master craftsmen grab his audience as he speaks the language of the Bible.

Don't see it if You do not like solo performances.

148 Reviews | 14 Followers
90
Intense, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you want to be inspired by the WORD and that someone would memorize the complete Gospel of John and share it with an audience.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the BIBLE or dislike one man performances.

111 Reviews | 31 Followers
91
Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if you want to watch the life of Jesus unfold before you in this moving, verbatim dramatization of the Gospel of John by a consummate actor.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy solo-performances, a minimal set, or the subject matter which is essentially a Christian scripture with theology and dogma. Read more

Critic Reviews (3)

Lighting & Sound America
December 9th, 2019

"What's missing in Jennings' performance is any sense of specificity, a moment-to-moment reality that would make the words come alive."
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Talkin' Broadway
December 8th, 2019

"What makes Jennings' execution all the more remarkable, and especially deserving of the tour-de-force appellation, is his ability to make the discursive, nearly two-millennia-old, literary work pulse with urgency and wonderment.
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TheaterScene.net
December 11th, 2019

"After marveling at Ken Jennings' power of memorization, one has to also admire his ability to deliver the entire text of 'The Gospel of John 'with unwavering clarity and devotion to its meaning both as literature and as a Christian lodestone."
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