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Jesus Hopped the ''A'' Train

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Jesus Hopped the ''A'' Train

type:
Stage
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
John Ortiz
director:
Philip Seymour Hoffman
author:
Stephen Adly Guirgis

We gave it a B+

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (Magnolia) turns to directing with this brutal, funny production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ prison play Jesus Hopped the ”A” Train. Given the way Hoffman inhabits his movie roles, it’s no surprise the night is performance driven. In Hoffman’s hands, the five actors (playing two inmates, two guards, and a lawyer) become supple, powerful instruments. There’s the electric sense you’re watching careers on the cusp, especially that of John Ortiz, whose prayer-and-epithet-spewing defendant leaps out from the ensemble. B+