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Steven Strafford

Emily Schwartz

Jesus the Jew as Told by His Brother James 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 26 2017
Price: $30-$35
Forum Productions’ one-man show is a tedious deep dive into what we’re told is “another side” of Jesus—provided by his brother James (Steven Strafford) as the latter faces imminent execution. Penned by William Spatz, the meandering piece comes off as preachy propaganda, though it’s not clear on whose behalf, as James tears down Paul the Apostle for bastardizing the teachings of Jesus. His brother never intended to stray from Judaism and its tenets, says James, driving this point home with stories of his flock of “Jewish Christians” and shameless interludes of Jewish prayer and ritual. A modern, parallel story line concerning a professor whose doctor brother was killed in Syria punctuates the show infrequently and with little effect. —Marissa Oberlander

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