No, it is not a misprint. And, yes, I really went to see it. And yes, I really paid “good money” for the privilege. As one professing to have an open mind, I thought it a worthwhile excursion. A local theater known for its edgy, avant garde productions has struck yet again. And as if it weren’t risky enough undertaking such a bizarro extravaganza, the theater happens to be across the street from an evangelical Calvary Chapel church. How “in-your-face” can a theater company get? So, of course, the born again Christians picketed the theater and gave it a huge amount of free publicity.
I had to know, or at least suspect, that this offering would be over the top, pushing the envelope to the very limit in every which way possible. And I was right. The cast of characters included Jerry, of course, plus God, Satan, Jesus, Mary and perverts and misfits of every stripe and proclivity. There was a fetishist in a diaper and a pole dancer. Over 95% of the dialogue was sung or “chanted” in that recitatif manner used in “real opera” or Gregorian chant. The unholy and the sublime were juxtaposed, blended and swirled in a perverse manner worthy of a wicked spoof, and every now and then the production crossed the line into almost blasphemy. One of the highlights was a number by God – “It Ain’t Easy Being Me.” It was alternatingly shocking, offensive and hilarious. There were tap dancing production numbers and choreographed obscenities. Shock theater doesn’t get much more shocking than this. Continue reading