An Act of God Review - What Mistakes Hath God Wrought?

Written by God - and translated from God-speak by playwright David Javerbaum - AN ACT OF GOD gives God the chance to tell us what’s been bugging Him for millennia. Since the incorporeal God can’t really talk to us, He decides to take the corporeal form of someone known to all - Sean Hayes. “Will and Grace” aside, don’t be deceived. God is still in there somewhere. Waiting to tell His story. And you will listen...or else.

Sean Hayes (center) with James Gleason (left) and David Josefsberg (right) - Photo by Jim Cox

 

We in Los Angeles are really lucky this night, since God has decided to give us a new set of commandments tailored for “the theater capitol of the world.” But first God lets us know in no uncertain terms that He’s the Boss. God didn’t come to LA alone. He brought with Him two angel sidekicks to do the leg-work. Angel Gabriel (James Gleason) gets to read verses from the Bible while God makes asides that let you know what he really thinks. Angel Michael (David Josefsberg) gets to query the audience. When God disagrees, there’s goes a wing. This is a funny and irreverent look at God and religion. With added gaffes at Trump and Cruz to boot.

 

James Gleason, Sean Hayes, and David Josefsberg - Photo by Jim Cox

God spends time discussing important Biblical moments in history, with campy jokes to flesh out Adam, Eve, Abraham, and Noah, among others of Bible fame. And the snakey sneaky Devil does not escape His notice. To show He’s all about contemporary, God also takes a selfie with His two BFF angels.

 

Sean Hayes as God - Photo by Jim Cox

Two-time Tony award-winner Joe Mantello ably helms this production, which premiered on Broadway in May 2015. Scott Pask’s scenic design keeps the heavenly theme alive with floating clouds and starry spheres, while David Zinn’s costumes are angelic white, wings and all. Hugh Vanstone’s lighting and Fitz Patton’s sound are divine and God-like. However, once the initial pleasurable shock of seeing God and His angels wears off, the story begins to limp along a bit. And God seems to become increasingly irritated and whiney. AN ACT OF GOD was Broadway’s first hit of 2015. Perhaps audiences in New York and Los Angeles really are different.

 

Sean Hayes and David Josefsberg - Photo by Jim Cox

AN ACT OF GOD runs through March 13, 2016 with performances at 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. The Ahmanson Theatre is located at 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. Tickets are $25 to $130. For reservations, call 213-972-4400 or go online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.

 

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