God redefined: Review of “An Act of God”

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Who knew that we needed a revamp of the ten commandments? Apparently, David Javerbaum who penned An Act of God thought so. In this intermission-less comedy starring Maggie Bavolack as God, with supporting roles of Michael and Gabriel played by Kylie M.J. Clark and Anne Michelle Forbes (in that order), is basically a rant about the concept of a Judeo-Christian God. It is entertaining but the direction and acting are a bit one dimensional.

Intellectual musings and jokes come and go so quickly here that it is difficult to wrap one’s brain around an idea before attention must be redirected to another. Of the three talented actresses onstage, Forbes is cheated out of a fully faceted performance as she is relegated to stage right without much to do but smile prettily as she reads aloud.

I liked the play and would like to have the time to relish the whit with a slower pacing and wider range of performance.

Why you should see it: It is one of the few religious themed plays in the Acts of Faith Festival this year and the other audience members enjoyed it.

Who would like this play: Adults who appreciate humor as a means of making a point.

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