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Corpus Christi in Broadway CORPUS CHRISTI
Evolution Theatre Company
Corpus Christi by Terrence McNally presented in association with CATCO Directed by Joe Bishara THE STORY: The most controversial and talked about play of the 1998 theatrical season begins: “We are going to tell you an old and familiar story.” But from that point on, nothing feels quite familiar again. What follows is a story that parallels the New Testament’s, and its subject is nothing less than the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus. But McNally’s Christ figure is a character named Joshua, a young man born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. Different from the other boys because he is homosexual, Joshua grows up in isolation and torment, an object of scorn. He flees Corpus Christi in search of a more accepting environment, gathering along the way a group of disciples who are bound to him by his message of love and tolerance. Joshua delivers his Sermon on the Mount, and officiates at a gay marriage ceremony, but, inevitably, his radical teachings (like Jesus’) will not deliver him from his fate. Returning to Corpus Christi, he is betrayed by his lover, Judas, and crucified in front of the jeering throngs who hated him as a boy, and still do. His plea, that we look upon all souls as equal in the sight of God, falls unattended. “A serious, even reverent retelling of the Christ story in a modern idiom—quite close, in its way, to the original…If the point is to make Jesus’ teachings live for a contemporary audience, activist Christians should be hailing this play, not trying to suppress it…One of McNally’s best, most moving and personal works. His updating of the Christ story is witty, but not patronizing, as sober and cleansing as a dip in baptismal waters.” —Time Magazine. “CORPUS CHRISTI imagines the coming of a second messiah…References to contemporary gay culture collide with talk of Roman Centurions. The apostles spread the gospel by day, disco down at night…Yet the essential truth at the heart of the play cannot be dismissed: If today a gay man arrived bearing the same gifts Christ brought to the world, his journey might end just as terribly.” —Daily Variety. “To see CORPUS CHRISTI the day Matthew Shepard was crucified on a Wyoming fence merely for being gay is to experience a jolt of recognition…Yes, McNally’s Joshua/Jesus is gay; yes, the work is political and will offend some…McNally uses the Christ story to tell a contemporary tale of the fight against cruelty, division, hatred, and, above all, hypocrisy.” —BackStage.
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Trevor in Broadway TREVOR
Curtain Players
Inspired by true events, Nick Jones's play is a subversive comedy about fame, success, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to keep people from taking away an erratic, 200-pound chimpanzee. At the center of this hilarious and heart-wrenching play are two individuals fighting against a world unable to understand their love: Trevor, a chimpanzee who once performed in commercials, and his owner Sandra, who swears he would never hurt a fly… at least not on purpose. A moving exploration of family, flawed communication, and humanity. PERFORMANCES: 8 PM Fridays-Saturdays May 5-6, 12-13, 19-20; and 2 PM Sundays May 14 and 21. There is a Curtain Panels audience talk back following the Sunday May 14 matinee. Directed by Michael Fusco.
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Maternal Instincts in Broadway MATERNAL INSTINCTS
Eclipse Theatre Company
In the midwest premier of a comedy by Dave WIlliams, Anthony is the father of Lily, husband of Meredith, son-in-law of Kate, grandson-in-law of Emma. Four generations of women who know exactly what they want and how to get it from unsuspecting and gullible men. All it takes ismaternal instincts. A delightful new comedy perfect for sharing this Mother’s Day.
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Guilty Pleasures in Broadway GUILTY PLEASURES
Shadowbox Live
Guilty Pleasures. Everybody has them. What? You think you don't? This spring, Shadowbox Live® confesses. Original sketch comedy and live rock 'n' roll will reveal all.
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