Monday, August 17, 2015

Review: "The Secret Life of Jesus" at IndyFringe would make a better book

By Ernest O. Disney-Britton
"Secret Book of Jesus" written and performed by Phillip Low
INDIANA---Dedicated to "the master storyteller Jesus," the IndyFringe production of "The Secret Book of Jesus" is performed with lots of passion and the promise of drama. The program booklet describes it as a first attempt at "harmony of the New Testament apocryyphal gospels," and would be far better suited as a book than as a performance. It's not that the content is bad theology, although I'll leave that to clergy to decide. It's simply bad theatre of the sort that puts audiences to sleep. Produced by Maximum Verbosity, this storytelling would be better produced as a book than an inspirational  play.


Ernest Disney-Britton said...

A&O RECOMMENDATIONS: "The Eulogy" with Michael Burgos - Falls Church, VA; "Interrupting the Sermon" by First Hand Theatrical - Cranston, RI; and "Holy Ficus" by Zach Rosing Productions - Indianapolis, IN

phillip low said...

Hey there, Ernest -- phillip low here (writer/performer of "The Secret Book of Jesus"). Just wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for your coming to the show, and for taking the time to compose a thoughtful response to it! I'm sorry that you weren't more enthusiastic about this offering, and hope that you'll consider giving me another chance to entertain you the next time I'm in town. In any case, much thanks for your investment of time and talent!