The Actors Studio and La MaMa present a revival of this provocative and irreverent comedy by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by Oscar winner Estelle Parsons. More…
In urban night court in "Hope-a ghetto of purgatory," Judas is on trial for his betrayal of Christ, his soul left in the balance. A trove of historic witnesses including Freud, Mother Theresa, Satan, and Pontius Pilate deliver their testimony with raw honesty and scathing humor. As the play unfolds, we are forced to examine our ideals and ideas of love, divine mercy, free will, and forgiveness. This production marks the first time the play has been performed without double or triple casting, with an ensemble of 25 performers.
See it if Guirgis's urban ear works well in Hell. Javier Molina's off-Bway debut as Satan is a perfect example of street language in modern drama
Don't see it if Some monologues are too long and repetitive. The foreman's speech at the end is redemptive but could be trimmed.
See it if enjoy barebones, experimental theatre—uneven, 3-hour tale mixing biting-humor monologues & trash-talking with clunky distracting transitions
Don't see it if you have short attention span, need any set design or linear plot, or dislike gimmicky premise, irreverence, ample profanity, or large cast
See it if you enjoy well-acted "Dramedy" that challenges your belief system ; enjoy a wild ride with outrageous characters from the Bible and history
Don't see it if you are religious, you are conservative. You believe that historic 'icons' are above 'human' foibles
See it if You'd enjoy a trial with many colorful characters: should Judas go to heaven or hell. You love the hand of Estelle Parson's directing.
Don't see it if You can't sit for 3 hours even with an intermission. You have no interest in plays involving Judas.
See it if you enjoy great writing and especially if you are a fan of Guirgis. Some strong stand-out performances.
Don't see it if it's 3 hours long and some of the 'witnesses' are a bit boring
See it if you've never experience Stephen Adly Guirgis' dialogue onstage, or are interested in seeing this production with a large ensemble.
Don't see it if you desire a well polished production
See it if You want to have a new and updated look at the biblical story of Judas' last days
Don't see it if You can't care less about Judas' possible fate ( heaven ? Hell ? ). It is a play witty at times but in the end in need of editing.
See it if Good cast, great script done with simplistic prop pieces. The show is almost 3 hours long, so it needs to be edited.
Don't see it if You don't like religious plays that take liberties with plot. Also, 3 hours is a long running time.
See it if you're interested in Guirgas's work or enjoy imaginary trials of religious figures depicted as sassy, hip, foul-mouthed contemporaries.
Don't see it if you don't mind spending 2-3/4 hours watching an overlong, overstuffed play.
See it if your interested in a very different take of Judas's story. Funny, excellent acting, lots of surprises along the way.
Don't see it if thinking is not something you care to do, or if you don't like to see "group think" shattered.
See it if You're a Guirgis fan and it won't bother you if his incredible script is handled...less than excellently by several cast members.
Don't see it if You feel that a few very strong performances can't save a mediocre ensemble.
See it if you like plays by Stephen Adly Guirgis. This deals with serious subjects but is frequently very funny. Some wonderful acting but some not.
Don't see it if Sitting on uncomfortable chairs for 3 hours is not for you.
See it if You're fine with text heavy plays being presented in very simple ways
Don't see it if You prefer plays that are a little more creative and daring in their direction
See it if you're interested in a fascinating, entertaining overview of the human condition via a trial set in a Christian version of the afterlife.
Don't see it if you need brevity and kitchen-sink drama.
See it if if you like plays that engage you to think, and are familiar/intrigued by story of Judas Iscariot, as a lay person not a devout Christian
Don't see it if You dont like long talky plays that only work if you know the Biblical allusions. Or feel disappointed by less than perfection
See it if You like avant-garde theatre, other Gurgis plays, the urban voice and a thorough examination of the bible.
Don't see it if Don't like long plays. Avant-garde. Irreverent humor questioning religion.
See it if you like modern takes to traditional stories
Don't see it if you're expecting a comedy. This play is a drama with a few wise cracks thrown in, with too many characters to keep track of.
See it if you like Stephen Adly Guigis plays. Well conceived but too wordy.
Don't see it if you have a short attention span. or get confused my too man characters.
See it if you like great acting and fresh, relevant writing. There are some legendary performances going on here.
Don't see it if you want a full production with sets and costumes. This is very barebones with a focus on the acting.