Jawbone of an Ass
The title is lifted from an Old Testament passage and is fitting for Nan Schmids sparkling satire about faith run amok in the heartland. Paige Marie (Schmid) is a hard-core, Bible-thumping Christian who lives in a world of the thoroughly devoted. When not wearing out her knees in supplication and prayer, she enjoys cooking all types of goodies for the locals. The picture isnt perfect, however, because her hubbie, Roy, has gone missing; he has a sexual condition that compels him to flog the old bishop in public, and he has been fooling around with Nams loose-panty friend, Cora Ann (Eliza Coyle). To the rescue comes the venerable Dr. Admore (a knee-slapping turn by Michael Miccoll), Christian counselor, author, solid American and savior of the hour, whose prescription for Paiges dilemma is to enter the Pillsbury bake-off and indulge in some risqué cross-dressing. When a body turns up late in Act 2, the proverbial wrath of God brings righteous judgment along with some hilarious revelations. Its all good, enjoyable fun (even if you believe God is a Republican and lives in a red state). Jim Anzide provides sharp direction, and the three-person cast is a riot. Circle X Theater at The Lillian Theater, 1078 N. Lillian Way, Hlywd.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; through May 29. (323) 962- 0046.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: April 30. Continues through May 22, 2010
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