Friday, September 3, 2010

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Royal Pretenders at Sam Bass Community Theatre, August 19 - 29

Last Days of Judas Iscariot The Royal Pretenders

. . . or, perhaps, The Road to Salvation as imagined by Bart Simpson.

The setting is a clichéd and unfunny take on the Day of Judgment, the plot's a mess, the characters are mostly caricatures, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot was LONG -- close to three hours, including one intermission.

A brilliant and moving play was hiding inside this mess, one that came clear in the concluding scenes, after the grunge and cuteness had been burned away.

One had the impression that Stephen Adly Guirgis set out to write a stand-up comedy routine about the afterlife and just couldn't bear to discard any of the many characters that occurred to him along the way.

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