Jesus Hopped the “A” Train OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    October 23, 2017
    Closing:
    November 12, 2017

    Theater: Signature Theatre / 555 West 42nd. St., New York, NY,

    Synopsis: 

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Adly Guirgis (Between Riverside and Crazy) begins his Residency at Signature with a new production of his darkly comic meditation on redemption and faith, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, directed by Obie Award-winner Mark Brokaw. Angel Cruz is a 30-year-old bicycle messenger awaiting trial for the death of the leader of a religious cult. Inside Rikers Island, a terrified Angel is befriended by a charismatic serial killer named Lucius Jenkins. Lucius has found God and been born again, and now, Angel's life and the course of his trial will be changed forever.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Jesus Hopped the “A” Train

    It’s Law vs. Order in ‘Jesus Hopped the “A” Train’

    Jesse Green

    October 23, 2017:

    On his first night at Rikers Island, a terrified inmate named Angel Cruz tries to reconstruct the Lord’s Prayer from his broken memories. “Our Father, who art in heaven,” he stammers, “Harold be thy name.”

    Aside from that hilarious and heartbreaking first sentence, there’s not much I can quote from Stephen Adly Guirgis’s “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train,” which opened on Monday in a riveting revival by the Signature Theater. After that line, the play instantly becomes an obscenity oratorio in which vicious, muscular dialogue, appropriate to its setting, turns into gorgeous music.

    If it reached no further, the breakneck drama, originally produced by the Labyrinth Theater Company in 2000, would be a worthy enough stunt, a jukebox of Mamet-scaled vulgarity. But when performed, as it is here, by a cast that can recreate its rapture as well as its moral gravity, it achieves the doubleness of great art, burrowing deeper the higher it flies.

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