THE CHRISTIANS

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THE CHRISTIANS May 10 – June 16 Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre (Hollywood)
As their final show of Season 27, Actors Co-op Theatre Company is proud to present Lucas Hnath's The Christians, directed by Thomas James O'Leary, produced by Carly Lopez. When the pastor of a mega church unilaterally decides to enlighten his congregation with his own personal revelation, he is faced with doubt and dissension among his flock. Hnath's Obie Award-winning play examines the schism in today's church and the role of faith in America. May 10 – June 16. Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Sunday Matinees at 2:30 pm. Saturday Matinees May 18 and May 25 at 2:30 pm. Running Time - I hour 36 minutes –No intermission. Adults: $35.00. Seniors (60+): $30.00. Students with ID: $25.00. Group rates available for parties of 6 or more. For reservations and information please visit www.ActorsCo-op.org or call (323) 462-8460. Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre. 1760 N. Gower St. 90028 (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood.

Reviews

Steven Stanley

Though a play entitled The Christians would seem a logical programming choice for L.A.’s only Christian membership theater company, it’s a daring one as well. Like 33 Variations, Cat’s Paw, and Rope before it, The Christians is Los Angeles theater at its edgiest and most rewarding best.

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Rob Stevens

Most religious themes contain hellfire and damnation obsessed preachers so it is intriguing to examine a different view. However the play is mostly recounted as a he said/they said account rather than fully fleshed out scenes. And the playwright’s conceit of having everybody use a hand microphone to deliver their dialogue just did not work for this viewer...The cast is good and Thomas James O’Leary’s direction strikes the right keys but the play is just lacking in heavenly inspiration. The choir along with their accompanist adds much to the atmosphere with their gospel tunes.

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In the end, we left the show — and the talkback afterwards — quite pleased. Theatre did what theatre is supposed to do: raise questions. This company did what its mission is: “pursuing the highest standards of theatrical excellence”. It made the audience think and question their beliefs; it provided understanding without preaching. I’m very glad that we saw the show.

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Director Thomas James O'Leary helms this intriguing production.

THE CHRISTIANS will probably resonate powerfully with like-minded audiences. For others, the intimate personal nature of the principal's conflicts will likely prove involving.

sweet - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


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One reason the play succeeds is that it doesn't try to paint belief as either good or bad. Without coming off as preachy, it gives both sides space to state their case, and ends up presenting an eloquent and engaging debate. The play does not try to crown either side as right, and in remaining impartial it avoids coming off as propaganda.

sweet - Julia Stier - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Though a play entitled The Christians would seem a logical programming choice for L.A.’s only Christian membership theater company, it’s a daring one as well. Like 33 Variations, Cat’s Paw, and Rope before it, The Christians is Los Angeles theater at its edgiest and most rewarding best.

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

Most religious themes contain hellfire and damnation obsessed preachers so it is intriguing to examine a different view. However the play is mostly recounted as a he said/they said account rather than fully fleshed out scenes. And the playwright’s conceit of having everybody use a hand microphone to deliver their dialogue just did not work for this viewer...The cast is good and Thomas James O’Leary’s direction strikes the right keys but the play is just lacking in heavenly inspiration. The choir along with their accompanist adds much to the atmosphere with their gospel tunes.

sweet-sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Avatar

In the end, we left the show — and the talkback afterwards — quite pleased. Theatre did what theatre is supposed to do: raise questions. This company did what its mission is: “pursuing the highest standards of theatrical excellence”. It made the audience think and question their beliefs; it provided understanding without preaching. I’m very glad that we saw the show.

sweet - Daniel Faigin - Observations Along the Road - ...read full review


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Director Thomas James O'Leary helms this intriguing production.

THE CHRISTIANS will probably resonate powerfully with like-minded audiences. For others, the intimate personal nature of the principal's conflicts will likely prove involving.

sweet - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


Avatar

One reason the play succeeds is that it doesn't try to paint belief as either good or bad. Without coming off as preachy, it gives both sides space to state their case, and ends up presenting an eloquent and engaging debate. The play does not try to crown either side as right, and in remaining impartial it avoids coming off as propaganda.

sweet - Julia Stier - Stage Raw - ...read full review