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The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged): Funny and Silly

By • Jun 3rd, 2006 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of the Elden Street Player’s The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) [MP3 4:00 1.2MB].

Laura: Last night we saw the opening night performance of Elden Street PlayersThe Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged).

Mike: The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) is a comedy. It’s a spoof of some of the stories of the Bible. They tell the whole Bible, Old and New Testament in less than two and a half hours.

Laura: It’s a funny show if you do or don’t know the Bible. It had a real vaudeville style to it. I enjoyed it overall.

Mike: Yes, it was a pretty funny show. There were a few dry spells in the middle, but overall it was a pretty good show.

Laura: The whole show is three actors that have to dress up in various costumes and have to play various parts throughout the Bible. They did a really good job. They worked well together. The three actors were Scott Bailey, Casey Jones and Allen McRae.

Mike: Even though this was an ensemble piece, Scott Bailey took the leadership role. He usually played the God voice. He also had some other parts. I liked him especially when he was John the Baptist.

Laura: Casey Jones was the second actor in the group. He had an obsession with the story of Noah’s Ark. He kept coming out and wanting to talk about the story. I also enjoyed his ad lib ability during intermission trying to get the audience to involved to play pin the tail on the apostle.

Mike: Allen McRae was the third actor in the troupe. He unfortunately got tagged with being the female in many of the scenes. He was in drag about half the evening. He also had lots of scenes where he was confused or telling stories from the Bible slightly wrong so that Scott and Casey had to correct him. That was actually pretty funny.

Allan McRae, Casey Jones, Scott Bailey, photo by Richard Downer

Laura: All three of these actors we have seen in other performances so it was neat to see them stretch their wings and work together doing an ensemble piece.

Mike: The show was funny at times. There were a few scenes that were not amusing. For example the Noah’s Ark scene went a little too long. They didn’t need that many people from the audience playing the animals. That could have been cut down a little bit.

Laura: Anytime you do a performance that involves religious humor, you run the risk of offending someone. In tonight’s performance, the crux of the Bible is the crucifixion scene. I do want to commend them, they did it really well. They didn’t offend anybody. Scott came out and did that line. He came out and was very serious and it came out really well.

Mike: And once again the Elden Street Players showed their extraordinary set design abilities. The set was really nicely done. There was a library on one wall. The other wall was metallic for some magnets that were used. The main section of the set was a simple stone effect with a couple doorways so thy could do their entrances. It was very well done. There was a tree that added an accent, but did not distract from the performance.

Laura: I also liked that the fourth wall was broken several times throughout the performance and that was good.The performers were talking to the tech crew and the audience trying to get them involved.

Mike: The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) is a funny show. The style of the show felt very British. The actors didn’t quite hit that level of working together such as Monty Python or Benny Hill. That’s what they were going for, but they didn’t quite hit that. It was still pretty funny. I think you’ll enjoy yourself if you don’t take it super seriously, this is a comedy.

Laura: The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) is playing through June 24th at the Industrial Strength Theatre in Herndon, Virginia.

Mike: And now, on with the show.

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