Saturday, April 11, 2015

With Indiana in mind, art and religion haven't found common ground

By Chris Jones
Joan Marcus photo
ILLINOIS---There are people of faith who opposed the Indiana act and conservative supporters of the act who are secularists. Still, for the most part, conservative people of faith mostly were on the opposite side from professionals who create art. "Everyman" was in my mind when I walked in to see "The Good Book," the current play at the Court Theatre by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare, and a new theater piece with the lofty ambition of exploring the Bible — its genesis, history and role in American life. Here, too, the work struggled with how to fully articulate the point of view of those who care most about the Bible, those who closely follow its guideposts for living. It remains frustrating how much these great questioning entities so often seem to slide by each other in the dark, lost in mutual misunderstanding. [link]