Brave. That word came to mind after seeing "Altarcations." Add difficult topics to complex characters with a dose of the Holy Spirit and that might begin to describe my experience seeing this show.
From the poignant imagery of the very first scene through powerful acting and surprises, you truly don't want to miss this show.
Minus one production element that said a little too clearly the thoughts running through my head, the strength of this story and the people trapped within it will haunt you....
The Catholic-based drama Doubt dealt with the ambiguity of the “did he/didn’t he”-premise surrounding a boy which a priest had been accused of molesting. The film version builds on the element of suspense (unfortunately, I have not yet seen a production of the play), as it’s up to an imperfect nun to hunt for justice within the guarded internal mechanics of The Church. In Steve Julian’s Altarcations, the story isn’t as cagey and addresses the disease instead of just the symptoms of the historically recent sex scandals that have plagued the Catholic Church. It bravely jumps into the gray area of the pool and presents some fresh, little heard insight on the matter ...
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certified reviewerJune 15, 2012
Ok, this show dragged like no other. The transitions took forever. Even the ones that didn't have the answering machine.
The acting was ok. Some definitely better than others. No names will be named
The script repeated itself over and over. The audience gets told the same stories no less than three times each.
Despite being about priests and boy rape, there weren't really any risks taken in any form.
Making highly flawed characters who can produce devastating effects on others, sympathetic is a very difficult task for a writer. Steve Julian does just that in Altarcations, creating characters who are so real we can understand their moral dilemmas as we compare them to our own....