Tuesday, January 21, 2020

reviews - THE CHRISTIANS - Theatre Artists Studio

Jacob Nichols and Tom Koelbel
Photo by Mark Gluckman
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through February 9th

"...This thought-provoking drama about a pastor who has had a revelation that doesn't sit well with his congregation makes its Phoenix premiere in a smartly directed and impeccably acted production at The Theatre Artists Studio...an intriguing play that examines how one man's faith can have a major impact on others and possibly tear them apart, especially when that man is the leader of a church. But it also touches upon many other topics, including trust, understanding, and just how willing one should be to compromise their beliefs. ...Director Richard Powers Hardt does a very good job in drawing performances from his actors that are sharp and distinct...Tom Koelbel expertly plays Paul as the assured but level-headed pastor with a measured tone of speaking that is engaging and powerful and that draws you into the stories he tells....a very interesting work infused with humanity and care which, though not completely perfect, will most likely have you thinking of the topics it brings up and debating the themes for days after you see it."   -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"...an honest, forthright, and provocative exploration of the tension between faith and reason ~ a tension that permeates and convulses today's cultural divide in America....under the astute direction of Richard Powers Hardt, THE CHRISTIANS packs its intended punch and resonates..."  - Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

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