Adam and Eve

comedy · the stella adler theatre lab · Ages 18+ · United States of America

includes nudity world premiere
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June 17, 2016 certified reviewer
tagged as: smart · funny · provocative · surprising · liberating · revealing · Brave

What I liked

The starring cast was incredible! Katie Booth as Eve moved the audience with her power, in both comedic and dramatic moments. Kyle Jones matched her intensity as Adam, while Bruce Katzman brought a sly subversion to God. The play hinges on the Clown; Bradley Wayne James hit the right notes throughout his rollercoaster ride of a role. The story may be Biblical in origin, but nothing about this telling is reverential — here it’s got a fresh twist that (through Eve) poses a range of cosmological questions. A heady, happy happening.

What I didn't like

I think the opening phase — not technically an act — could be refined to match the overall strength and consistent tone of the concluding phase. (The Stagehands’ intro could include the PSA on nudity, for instance, or just disappear, and the clown could cut to the chase of his tale without a segment not as original and brilliant as the jist of the play.) A few other early polishes, based on audience reaction, would further bolster the consistency; once Eve arrives, the play hits its stride for good. Plus, with a bit of re-emphasis, the play could have a crystal clear parallel to today, should that be an intent.

My overall impression

A clever play, very well acted, enjoyable to experience, with potential as an allegory for our questioning times.

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