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an act of god @ the eternity playhouse

Mitchell Butel and Amy Harris in An Act of God Production photos Phil Erbacher (c)

This was such a fun show. Make it an Act of Will to  get yourself over to the Eternity to see it.

American Emmy Award winning comedy writer David Javerbaum’s comedy is an anarchic, wild flight of fancy. Much loved Sydney theatre performer Mitchell Butel plays the part of God. This God has grown weary of the Ten Commandments, He  has come to correct mankind’s dire misconceptions about his teachings and delivers a radical re-write.

Accompanied by a couple of A-List Angels, played by Laura Murphy and Alan Flower, God arrives on stage like a celestial talk show host to set the record straight and encourage us to do unto others the same as others do unto us.

This is the Australian premiere production directed by Butel along  with Richard Carroll. Charles Davis’ set design is very clean with a large white sofa for Butel to regale on and a  white staircase leading up to the altar of the revised Ten Commandments.

How best to encapsulate this experience?! One is bowled over by the charm and energy of the performances. Mitchell is, as always, great. There is a lot of clever ad-libbing with plenty of local references.

The show was very text heavy. My God, Mitchell had a lot of lines to remember! Playfulness is the theme as the writer plays comic havoc with plenty of biblical tales.

The evening ends in a lilting way with an upbeat, tongue in cheek song performed by the trio. Be mindful that there is also some good audience participation during the evening.

AN ACT OF GOD , Darlinghurst Theatre Company [Facebook] is presented in association with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras  Festival along with the support of Ian Barnett. The show is playing until the 25th February.



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