L.A. Theatre Works presents David Rambo’s serio-comic take on merchandized religion. The 1999 Humana Festival of New American Plays selection casts veteran TV, screen, and stage actors Robert Pescovitz, Morgan Shepphard, and Andy Taylor, the 2010 Ovation Award nominee. Their performance of the preacher vs. preacher battle at Houston’s Rock Baptist Church entertainingly highlights a struggle of faith and ambition between Godly men acting in un-Godly ways to control a fundamentalist empire encompassing a college, dinner theater, bowling alley, eight-screen movie theater, Christian satellite network, restaurants, coffee shops, gymnasium, two swimming pools, baby care, and, of course, the pulpit.
Performed by a full cast including Robert Pescovitz, Morgan Sheppard, and Andy Taylor.
(P)2001 L.A. Theatre Works
I was not sure what to expect when I bought this audio. The three caricatures are well read, so the actors should not be blamed.
Humanity of characters? None, shallow caricatures
Since the characters have no depth and there is no "story", I am guessing this is meant to be a "play of ideas" rather than character or plot. The disgusting older preacher could be a meaty role for a major actor in a live production --- but the text is too slight to bear the weight with just words. The other two characters have still less interest, and none has any depth. Combined with the non plot, this is not something to get excited about. Still, I'm glad I bought the audio. It's a heck of a lot cheaper than two theater tickets.
If the point is that marketing religion isn't the ideal, most moral and loving way to spread Christianity. . .well, wow! Thought everyone knew that from the time of Jesus, right?
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