BWW Review: GOD SHOWS UP at The Playroom Theater
God Shows Up recently opened at The Playroom Theater in New York City, combining comedy and faith into one hilarious yet timely play.
Created by Peter Filichia, the story centers around the question of whether there is a God, and if so, does humanity have the right idea about the Almighty? In terms of the latter question, probably not.
We meet Dr. Thomas Isaac Rehan (Christopher Sutton), a seemingly devoted faith worshipper who has dedicated his life to God (Lou Liberatore) with his talk show, where he asks the audience for heavy donations in order for God's love and special gifts, such as "Jesus Loves You" flip-flops. But when God shows up on the show as a guest, Rehan's faith is tested to the extreme, and his real self slowly begins to unfold.
Between the light-hearted comedy, especially the playful banter between Rehan and God, there are real issues of today sprinkled throughout, including equality, gender, sexuality, and the act of worshipping another identity. The audience leaves the show with not only a good laugh but compassion for others, and a better sense of what we hope God really is and wants us to be.
God Shows Up runs now until February 21, 2019 at The Playroom Theater. Tickets can be purchased here.
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