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 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 Read more
See it if I'm on the fence about this play. Had some great moments but I got bored.
Don't see it if You can't sit through 3 hours with lots of speechifying..
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 Read more
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 Read more
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.
"Ms. Parsons’s slow-paced revival never conveys the pain that’s at the center of the play...Individual performances often don’t dig far beneath the surface. It’s interesting, though, to see how the audience and the other actors snap to attention in the presence of a vividly inhabited character...Judas is not a giant role, but it is a crucial one, too blandly played here by Mr. Furman. The ache we are meant to feel for Judas in his isolation never comes."
“What of the play which had its world premiere at the Public Theater in 2005? Parsons' uneven production cannot keep this long play from seeming unwieldy. In fact, using so many actors is almost distracting as some of them are simply walk-ons, and disappear almost immediately. The new production seems less trenchant and more like a vaudeville with its set pieces than Philip Seymour Hoffman's original staging. Nevertheless, the play still retains a cumulative effect and is ultimately compelling.”
"This excellent production showcases twenty-eight outstanding performers with very little doubling...Those interested in revisiting the betrayal of Jesus with an open mind are in for a provocative evening of theatre...Parsons succeeds as an acting coach more than a director, coaxing inspiring performances from each ensemble member, with less emphasis on the overall statement of the piece...The production outstays its welcome, as actors’ showcases tend to do."
"Somewhere inside Stephen Adly Guirgis’ 'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot' is a compelling play about love and betrayal, guilt and redemption...'Judas Iscariot' will stick in the memory for all the wrong reasons– the uneven performances, the unsuccessful shifts in tone and the sheer endlessness...Esteemed director Estelle Parsons did not try to persuade Guirgis to revisit the script...The play is set in Purgatory but it’s the audience that feels stuck there."
“A metaphor through which to examine the contradictions inherent in a religion that preaches both forgiveness and damnation...The ensemble cast is onstage throughout, stepping in as various characters, ably supporting the drama. Among the cast are several standout performances…One issue I have with the play is its length…I would also wish for more creative blocking and visuals…Regardless...‘Judas Iscariot’ is an excellent, if verbose, piece of writing well worth the seeing.”
"Not one of Guirgis’ characters falls flat, and each cast member performs his or her part with wonderful bravado. The action is so immersive that, in the capable hands of Parsons and her cast, 'Judas' feels more like an actual court case, with the audience serving as spectators or even jury-members, than it does a piece of theater...Complete with comedy, tragedy, and a great cast, 'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot' is a wild ride, full of constant surprises that you won’t want to miss."
"The acting is quite good. Parsons has directed the show well, with a clear distinction between its thoughtful passages and its humorous ones...And so 'The Last Days of Judas' Iscariot presents us with a promising concept that’s not mined for its potential. Most of its characters are no more than cartoons. Its various ideas aren’t embedded into its concept and, with its obscenity and its insult to seniors, it’s offensive."
“Thrilling…Suzanne DiDonna was vulnerably tough as Cunningham, the bodacious defense attorney who hammers the facts…Satan, played by Javier Molina, was seductively delicious as he smarmed his way through the courtroom with authentic street swagger…Kudos to the diverse casting and Ms. Parson’s direction—she encouraged a modern tone and freedom for her actors to fly...The three-hour running time felt more like an hour and a half."