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New York | 1h 20m | Ends Feb 21

God Shows Up

From 6 critic and 36 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant, Great acting

About the show

This new comedy asks: what happens when God drops in on Earth after being away for a few millennia? More…

Why does he choose the broadcast studio of a well-known televangelist who serves all faiths from his megachurch in Saint Louis? What is God's true take on God? What is God's true take on religion?

1h 20m | Ends Feb 21 | The Playroom Theater (Midtown W)


“Combining comedy and faith into one hilarious yet timely play...Between the light-hearted comedy, especially the playful banter between Rehan and God, there are real issues of today sprinkled throughout, including equality, gender, sexuality, and the act of worshipping another identity. The audience leaves the show with not only a good laugh but compassion for others, and a better sense of what we hope God really is and wants us to be.” Full Review

Front Row Center

“A compelling and entertaining existential romp through dogma, philosophy, and the meaning of life. Fun surprises, plot twists and one liners abound! It’s a fun night out that will have you talking...’God Shows Up’ is great ecclesiastical fun and delightfully examines humankind’s favorite life questions. Nietzsche would give it 5 stars and I too highly recommend it, even if God frowns at audiences that have to pay admission – indulge!” Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"Hysterically amusing...Christopher Sutton makes the perfect televangelist and you can not help but see the resemblance to the latest TV screen con men...Director Christopher Scott keep things moving and has created a fabulous before and after musical score that is well done...Peter Filichia’s satirical look at televangelism and God’s anger at hypocrisy is well written. Both my guest and I laughed out loud and really enjoyed this witty look at life and religion." Full Review


"Neat puns, polished one-liners and wacky plot twists all breezily elicits a lot of laughter while wickedly skewering organized religion, social media and celebrity culture. Mr. Filichia’s disciplined treatment of these perennial subjects is highly comedic yet imparts its sober message with brio...The expertly defined characters make terrific roles for actors to play...Director Scott’s forceful staging lands all of the verbal and visual jokes while maintaining the play’s thoughtful aspects." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Filichia, best known as a theater historian and critic, is surely preaching to the choir with this satirical jab at the likes of Joel Osteen and Pat Robertson...So, low-hanging fruit it is, but fortunately blessed with a talented trinity of Equity actors...A lightly acerbic tone is set for the first half of the 80-minute play...Overall, 'God Shows Up' contributes a new slant to the eternal debate over the role and influence of religiosity in our lives." Full Review

Walter Thinnes Blog

"Unfortunately this work starts with a broadsword, moves to sledge hammer and lands with a wrecking ball. He hits all the necessary points but it is not often subtle. That combined with an actor not fully off book by the fifth public performance and a rather trite turn at the end left me disappointed...Go see it before it closes. Support new scripts. Support new work. The price is low and who knows, you just may like it." Full Review

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want to see a very well written play performed by some very good performers. You want to see what it is like when God shows up.

Don't see it if You are too serious and get offended about a play that pokes fun at some aspects of religion. You don't want to laugh.

Also I believe in God and this play was not offensive to me at all. I like ... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy liberal, interfaith religious satire with a good message and fast one liners.

Don't see it if You can’t enjoy poking fun at religious pretenders.

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Irreverent

See it if you want to have several laughs at the hypocrisy of televangelists. All 3 actors superbly portray their characters, and God does show up.

Don't see it if you are or know a televangelist or do not like to see anyone poking fun at organized religion.

Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you like to have your beliefs challenged and consider the world in a different way. You like irreverent subjects and humor.

Don't see it if you are a devout follower of a religion and are easily offended.

Also While not totally groundbreaking, this short 1.25-hour play offers an ... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You need some good laughs at the expense of televangelists. A real hoot!! Ptl

Don't see it if You don’t like poking fun at religious shows.

Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy good-natured, campy humor aimed at the seeming or outright hypocrisy in how religion is practiced or interpreted; intimate staging

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with darkness, literally—there are longish stretches where staging calls for near blackout; averse to mocking religion

Clever, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You can be open minded about religious matters

Don't see it if You want an in depth discussion of religion.

Funny, Clever, Enchanting

See it if you like evangelists

Don't see it if you like to be taunting god

Clever, Quirky, Indulgent, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in seeing a creative and punny examination of spirituality and religion.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of shows that deal with religion in an irreverent, albeit humorous way.

Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want to have fun, enjoy a good show which makes you think. There were so many moments of spot on jokes, the dialogues were well written

Don't see it if You are easily offended by Religous, christian, Evangelist referral (there are so many of them), or not a fan of small compact theater space

Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you'd like a funny, thought-provoking play -- and you don't mind making fun of evangelical ministries.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by religious-themed plays. If "Book of Mormon" wasn't for you, then this isn't either.

Also This is a funny play with a clear message. It starts off very strong a... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a very witty play about religion and pay for pray preachers. God does show up and zings it good to a certain preacher on TV.

Don't see it if you support Evangelical preachers. This play would not be for you.

Also Very well written and acted. Small stage and theater. Good use of vide... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Strong actors, Repetitve

See it if you'd like a send-up of televangelists and their undiscerning flock. Little plot; lots of ideas. Exposes greed, commercialization, lies.

Don't see it if you hold traditional religious beliefs; GSU argues for tolerance. The action is choppy; some material is draggy. Mostly fun/insightful.

Funny, Clever, Edgy, Satirical, Entertaining

See it if you would like to see a short, funny, one-act play, with talented cast, using satire to poke at televangelists and organized religion.

Don't see it if you are deeply religious, believe in televangelists and would be offended by satire directed at topic of religion.

Clever, Relevant, Banal, Entertaining

See it if you want to see someone take on the evils of televangelists, it can be a little silly, but it's still entertaining

Don't see it if you don't like being lectured to and want a play with a strong plot and traditional structure

Entertaining, relevant, funny

See it if you enjoy shows that question religion and especially the motivation of high-profile ministers

Don't see it if you're touchy about religion and don't like anything that questions your beliefs

Also It's pretty much a one-idea premise but the actors are entertaining an... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Relevant, Slightly edgy, Religiously satirical, Potentially offensive to some

See it if you want a short 75-minute, intermission-free experience that exposes and skewers many religious tropes.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy hearing religion dissected and contradicted by "God" himself/herself.

Funny, Clever, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want a comic view of mega churches.

Don't see it if you are looking for big production values. This is a small show in a small theater. The team is lovely.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you want to see a fine performance by Sutton and a generally light-hearted take on the evils of televangelists

Don't see it if while I agree with much of what was said, there was not much that was new or deep, and I found the attitude toward religion a bit snarky

Funny, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You'd like to see some of the more hypocritical aspects of modern religion pointed out

Don't see it if You like televangelism or have high expectations for a big show

Funny, Preachy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you are open to anti-organized religion & hypocrisy of televangelists as a subject matter for a play with no plot but lots of ideas.

Don't see it if you don't like being lectured to and want your plays with a plot and traditional structure.

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Controversial

See it if You enjoy poking fun at religion, and particularly the hypocrisy of tv evangelists.

Don't see it if You believe in orthodox religion, and take religious scriptures literally. The portrayal of God in a comedic manner is unappealing to you.

During previews
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if want to get some none-traditional interpretations on traditional citation from the Bible,Torah,Qur'an, sceptical about teleevangelism

Don't see it if believe to teleevangelists,street preachers,buying Holy stuff online to protect your soul and support your faith, can't picture God in boots

Also Wonderful black box theatre. all sits were taken. Mr. Peter Filichia w... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Clever, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy small theater with entertaining show without much depth.

Don't see it if you are are very religious or a TV evangelist.

Also A fun show about the shoddiness of TV revivalists constantly dunning t... Read more Read less

During previews
Well-acted, Well-directed, Guffaw, witty, crackling

See it if you can't get enough satire from Stephen Colbert and John Oliver

Don't see it if making fun of televangelists offends you

Also This is precisely what a spoof should be. Good-natured but spot on. AN... Read more Read less

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