Saturday, September 26, 2015

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

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;