An Act of God Theatre Review - An Irreverent Revelatory Event



If God were to come down to Earth, off of His heavenly stoop on high, to speak to the world of Men that he created so long ago, that would be so cool! Finally, after centuries, no one human being could continue to extrapolate the Bible or the Qu’ran or the Torah; we Could get answers, straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. That is the premise for Emmy-winning writer David Javerbaum’s An Act of God.

The Great almighty, or as He refers to himself: “I Am The Lord Thy God, King Of The Universe,” has taken possession of the body of actor Sean Hayes (unbeknownst to Sean Hayes himself) in an opportunity to appear to mankind and set the record straight about a few things. In fact, he has brought with him a revised version of The Ten Commandments. Sharing the stage with Sean Almighty is two of his most trusted Angels: Michael & Gabriel.



Straight out of the gate, Sean Almighty addresses the “Gay Thing” with a new commandment ‘Thou Shalt Not Judge Who Someone Sleeps With.’ He puts to rest the ages old, deeply divisive question of all: In the beginning, was it indeed Adam & Eve or Adam & Steve? The answer might surprise you. He goes on to explains in a new addition to the commandments, that “Thou Shalt Not Kill In My Name,” regardless out how flattering He finds it.

Sean Almighty shares insights about how he used cloning populate the earth in the beginning. He delights in his stories about creating the earth and how inspiration determined how fish would swim and birds would fly (rather that the other way around). He quasi-confesses that although Jews are his chosen people of record, ‘Celebrities are my chosen people.’



There are some holdovers from the old set of commandments “Thou Shalt Not Take My Name In Vain.” It seems that constantly calling the Lord’s name during sex or upon winning (or losing) a sporting event is quite irritating; particularly when billions of people are doing it every moment of existence.

Angel Gabriel (James Gleason), equipped with the word of God in one giant bound volume, act as the interpreter for Sean Almighty.  Gabriel is Sean Almighty’s right hand man; he literally stands to His right pretty much the entire show.



Angel Michael (David Josefsberg), much like his role in the New Testament of the Bible, serves as the advocate, moving about the balcony and aisles, fielding questions from the minds of audience members. As the night wanes, it becomes clear that Michael’s questions are rooted in something much more personal. Michael uses the opportunity to try and get answers out of God that he apparently has always wanted to ask. To his credit, Michael asks questions that most of us here on Earth have also always wanted to know. These wildly comic queries eventually, delicately, take a poignant turn.

An Act of God is a stage adaptation based on David Javerbaum’s bestselling novel The Last Testament: A Memoir by God. Javerbaum has been quoted as saying Sean Hayes’ performance is exactly as he has envisioned it from his book. In fact Hayes’ performance is simply pitch perfect. Hayes depicts exactly the Being one would expect God to be: arrogance, dangerously playful, practical, patient, wise, whimsical, painfully self-aware, sociopathic, and at times a little sad.



While An Act of God is essentially a one-man show, Sean Hayes skillfully delivers a performance that is far more than a high-end standup act. Hayes combines bawdy irreverence and off-the-cuff comic spontaneity with a sober omnipresent weight of accountability. Hayes crafts a character that is as believable and sympathetic as it is complex and very human. His effortless command of the audience for 90 minutes is truly inspiring. Well Done.


An Act of God continues its divine run through March 13, 2016 at:

Ahmanson Theatre @ the Music Center

135 North Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA  90012 


Photo Credit: Jim Cox

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