Dr. Strange God, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Blasphemy | Trap Door Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Dr. Strange God, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Blasphemy 

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 22 2008
Price: $15
Ten years ago this satire of fundamentalist Judaism and Christianity might have felt riskier. But in today's climate of outspoken atheism and pro forma tolerance for homosexuals, its barbs don't cut that deep. It begins with a cocksure Jesus, whose plan for salvation requires killing the "homos," then moves from Genesis back through to the Gospels, hitting mostly the obvious targets (Adam and Eve, Sodom and Gomorrah, the Immaculate Conception). Though the innumerable characters and loose structure allow for moments of playful self-awareness, they have the practical effect of stunting any potential drama. Still, the one character who appears throughout, Yahweh, is worth following: cowriter Rory Leahy's loud, bearded god is amusing in his egocentrism, blood lust, and forgetfulness. --Ryan Hubbard



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