Talkin’ Broadway: The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told

Originally published on Talkin’ Broadway.

Christine Power and Robin Rapoport

If you’re looking for an opportunity to ponder the big questions of mankind’s relationship to the eternal in the presence of full frontal male nudity, you’re in luck.  The Encore Theater Company has given us a bold and funny production of Paul Rudnick’sThe Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, now playing at the Plaza Black Box Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts.  The play, originally produced in 1998, originated with Rudnick pondering the anti-gay slogan “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.”  What if, he wondered, God had started with Adam and Steve (Albert Chan and Jason Fenton) … and their lesbian friends Jane and Mabel (Christine Power and Robin Rapoport)?.

The Most Fabulous Story follows these four characters through a pageant of Old Testament situations from the ark to Egypt and beyond.  The format provides a frame to not only parody Biblical stories and gay lifestyle quirks, but also to examine faith in an uncertain world.  The second act finds these same characters – now stripped of their Biblical history – living in New York in 1998, dealing with issues of gay marriage, parenting, AIDS, and once again, faith in an uncertain world. Continue reading

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