Saturday, September 26, 2015

Theatre Review: In ‘The Christians,’ a schism over fire and brimstone

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Charles Isherwood
Andrew Garman as the pastor of an evangelical megachurch, with from left, Linda Powell, Larry Powell and Philip Kerr. Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times
NEW YORK---Religious beliefs evolve, just as people do, in ways good and bad. But they rarely change quite as suddenly as in “The Christians,” Lucas Hnath’s softly mesmerizing drama about a schism that arises in an evangelical megachurch. In this terrific play about the mystery of faith, and how religion can tear people apart just as it can bring them together, a revelation experienced by the pastor causes a potentially disastrous rupture in the congregation. [link]

 Playwrights Horizons: "The Christians" (Extended through October 25, 2015); 416 West 42nd St. (between 9th & 10th Aves.), New York, NY; (212) 564-1235; phnyc.org