The Fight's the Thing

One good thing right off the bat: A Beginner's Guide to Deicide, like The Brothers Karamazov and Tess of the d'Urbervilles before it, stands proudly in the great literary tradition of spiritual discovery through buxom redheads with pointy weapons. Huh? In all fairness, I dozed in English class.

Nonetheless, there is a singular event occurring at Center Stage: the continuing evolution of a completely original theatrical aesthetic. The play surrounding it is terrible, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't go.

A Beginner's Guide to Deicide tells the story of Lucy (Andrea Marie Smith), a redheaded schoolgirl who wields the aforementioned weapons. Lucy and her sister, Skeeter (Caitlyn Darr), travel through time on a mission to kill God (Dan Deming), along the way murdering the big guy's allies (Joan of Arc, Dante) and his enemies (Nietzsche, Martin Luther, Henry VIII). A stage manager (Nathan Lemoine) keeps things humming along.

The play is Kmart theology at its worst, the kind of half-formed ideas a rebellious parochial-school student concocts during Bible study

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