Stories From the Bible

This sharp 45-minute romp through the Old and New testaments delivers on style and craft, less so on substance. However, as nine strong performers in skintight black roll out two-dozen passages from the good book in a flurry of dance and movement, the feat itself is quite enough to captivate. Directors Denise Devin, Mark Hein, Jana Wimer and Zombie Joe have their ensemble in a perpetual flow, rolling seamlessly from one beat to the next, no one actor playing the same character twice; each performer clutches one of costume designer Wimer’s simple, double-sided pieces of cloth, which serve as all manner of clothing, desert settings and even a magnificent Tower of Babel. And Micky Hart’s spare, otherworldly music accents the action well. Edited by Hein straight from The NIV Study Bible, the script is lopsided in places — some beats are too quick and others drag — and a baptism scene in the middle seems to go on forever. But, if not thought-provoking, the ultimate effect is certainly spellbinding. Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. Starts: May 30. Continues through June 21, 2008


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