Raven Theatre has mounted a solid, if somewhat uneven production of Stephen Adly Guirgis's "Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train". With the exception of Esteban Andres Cruz's spot on performance as Angel, the performances I caught were to varying degrees unfocused and uninspired. A play that attempts to capture the psyche of criminals, this is a type of play that needs explosive, no-holds-barred , almost syncopated performances (Steppenwolf's Chicago searing premier production had them). The play has interesting things to say, however, and Guirgis's dialogue crackles with raw wit and insight.
Rating: **1/2 (out of *****)