The first 15 minutes can be really off-putting if you don’t know what you’re in for. It’s awkward in a wonderful, wonderful way. Brett Colbeth is 100% committed and absolutely unflappable as he delivers a passionate Christian sermon. In the performance I attended, he didn’t even bat an eyelash when a patron that was clearly feeling misled about the nature of the show, started talking back to him, then got up and walked out. (The patron didn’t know that the sermon was all part of the show, and returned a moment later after the house manager had to convince him to come back.) Colbeth was so utterly convincing, I had flashbacks to the Sunday mornings of my childhood.
Stick around though, as once the sermon’s over and the show starts, you’re in for an emotional roller coaster of epic proportions. The chemistry between Colbeth and Gowrie Hayden is absolutely incendiary. I don’t want to get into too much detail, as this show’s got more twists and turns than a Boston roadmap, so just trust me when I say that this show will leave you breathless. You don’t want to miss it.