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God of Abraham

ensemble theatre · the theatricians · Ages 14+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States

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MARISA REISEL June 14, 2014
God of Abraham combines the best, most hilarious, elements of live theater with a deeply compelling and honest tone. I had so much fun. GOA is one of a kind, and more enjoyable than anything (live or otherwise) I've seen in a long time. Do yourself a favor and go to this show.... full review
DAVID LOVE certified reviewer June 15, 2014
As the son of a Judaica teacher with more religious hangups than there are commandments in The Torah, I found God of Abraham to seamlessly alternate between hysterically funny, breathtakingly beautiful, surprisingly poignant, and absolutely terrifying. I intentionally stayed away from reviews and synopses, and I'm glad I did. Nothing could have prepared me for such a unique theatrical experience. The only way I could describe God of Abraham would be by trying to imagine David Lynch directing an episode of South Park. If you could chuckle at a writing credit by YHWY, then this is the play for you. And if you can't, well, there's also a magic act by a gay Moses. Thou Shalt See This Play!... full review
BOB LEGGETT certified reviewer June 15, 2014
Although not my cup of tea, the show is interesting in a WTF kind of way. Alex Knox is brilliant, but this show will definitely leave you scratching your head. Check out the full review on full review
ASHLEY STEED certified reviewer June 17, 2014
When I opened my press packet and saw a headshot of Jesus, I knew I was in for comically blasphemous night. As the title suggests, this series of sketches explores the faith behind Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Now that’s a huge topic, which is why some of the sketches work better than others. The evening is framed as a 1975 Human Improvement Conference, with an opening by Dr. Doug Delante (Brennan Kelleher) welcoming us to the conference and the future of science. Then immediately after is a stunning retelling of Abraham and Isaac with silent puppets and live musical underscoring. There’s also a dancing Jesus, a Muhammad chase scene, and a Moses magic show. Sketches are also interspersed with a Scientology assessment (which feels like... full review
ALYSON MEAD certified reviewer June 18, 2014
This show is hilarious, moving, thought-provoking and achingly human. Though comprised of various theatrical moments, using seemingly every aspect of the stage, this show manages to transcend any kind of "sketch" label, slyly getting at things most of us would prefer not to look at, including why sacrifice can be meaningless, why there may be a vengeful God, and how to make sense of the spiritual (or lack thereof) in everyday life. And puppets! How could you not love a show with beautifully wrought puppets? Go with an open mind, but go! ... full review
SASCHA ALEXANDER certified reviewer June 18, 2014
I really enjoyed God of Abraham, mostly for the integrity and talent of the performers. You're clearly in good hands with these five, so the zaniness and intensity of the journey you're on with them feels intriguing rather than obnoxious, as more experimental pieces can sometimes become. GOA is definitely avant-garde, but truly engaging throughout, and it makes its rather provocative point in a number of memorable ways that I continued to think about for the hours afterwards. I don't know that I ultimately agree with the message of God of Abraham, but I appreciated that the message was there, and delivered so gracefully. GOA is a bold, farcical and at times uproariously funny little piece, that was courageous and committed and used a surpris... full review
EMMA SERVANT June 18, 2014
GO SEE THIS SHOW! It is, by far, the best show at Fringe I've seen yet. Abraham is a beautiful, innovative, poignant, and hilarious piece of work. I don't want to give anything away by writing about specifics but this show is on point. They seamlessly flow from one emotion to the next by pulling your heart strings and hitting your funny bone. This group of actors/creators are brilliant and I can only hope to see more wonderful work to come.... full review
BRYNN SILLYMAN June 29, 2014
A couple reviewers said "this is not a show for the religious" or "not for the faint of heart or Catholics", but as a Catholic, and eternal student of ancient languages and theology, who celebrates many religions, I disagree. Sure, there are always people out there waiting to be offended- but, since I'm religious, I love religious topics! People need to take more risks like this, with the material they used, and the hilarious humor. I laughed more during this show than in any play or movie I can recall in recent memory- sometimes out of a skit being hysterical, and sometimes my laughs were a tsking "huhm" when recognizing what the show was trying to point out- something not funny but moving, those old familiar problems that occur in religion... full review
CHRIS FARAH June 19, 2014
THIS IS WHAT FRINGE IS ABOUT. This show is the fringAY! Kinda weird, kinda amazing, you'll laugh out loud and be pressed to think hard about religion and life in the next. I guess technically a sketch show, it seems so much braver and real. The performances are all stand out, and I might have secured a Jesus headshot to take home!... full review
MICHAEL FALCON certified reviewer June 22, 2014
A GREAT RIDE: Multimedia at its most diverse and unexpected: widely varying and varyingly-paced MM vignettes had the audience concerned, or brooding, or laughing until tears came down our cheeks. Some genuinely gifted casting and performances. Think of this as a rollercoaster: after a careful and comparitively deliberate beginning, hold on for steep elevations, crushing descents, and neck-yanking turns. (I had thought, in my misread of the description, that this would focus on Judaism, but the Abrahamaic fabric is extended and inclusive: mercifully, Buddism and Hinduism have escaped.) I'll have seconds and bring friends along for the ride.... full review

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