450 people have seen THE RELIGION THING after two Pay-What-You-Can previews. Who’d ‘a thunk a local play by a no-name playwright would draw a Sold Out audience on a night when we didn’t even run a Guide ad in the Post? We’re all thrilled with the community’s interest in what we’re cooking up. Better yet, we’re thrilled about the feedback — the intense discussions this play’s been spawning.
It’s time to start posting responses from those who’ve seen the show. It’ll come from students, from regulars, and from new folks to our theater, and it’ll come from friends in the industry. We’re gonna get a lot or responses. Here’s the first. And they’ll continue in the Comments section below. Respond away, friends! We couldn’t be happier about the range and passion of the responses so far.
From: Joshua Greene
Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2012 11:00 PM
To: Tell Ari
Subject: Thank You
Thank you for bringing The Religion Thing to performance. This is a remarkably skillful play that addresses taboo subjects in a way that the audience can appreciate. I’m sorry we couldn’t stay for the discussion, but the three in our party loved it and the performers.
My one comment (apart from the very sharp transitions between humor and serious discussions) was that the Catholic girl seemed, stylistically, more Jewish (in a typically Ashkenazic way) than her Jewish husband (who seemed far too calm and reserved for the Jews we know). Could that be what attracts them, at least in the playwright’s mind: that the guy (who probably threw spitballs in religious school) is more comfortable with an excitable (translation: Ashkenazic Jewish) woman than a calm (translation: non-Jewish) one?
Thanks again for bringing this show to stage.
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