The fall from grace has long been held the basis of the human race's existence as promulgated by the mainstream religions of the world. Where the monotheistic faiths have asserted that taking a bite from the proverbial apple hanging from the tree of knowledge was the original sin and led to the fall of Adam and Eve from Heaven to Earth, the illuminati and the freemasons hold that this act was the first one of illumination at the hands of Lucifer, the light-bringer, whereby signifying the first separation between the enlightened and the profane folk. The nuanced Broadway play Grace masks such esoteric themes in shades of poignancy as well as hilarity and pitches them courtesy a theme that flirts with the commonly perceived notions of ordered space and linear time. Featuring a cast that boasts the likes of Hollywood comedy star Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon and Ed Asner, Grace is gearing up to become a stroke of theatrical profundity without unloading a lot of philosophical discourse. Book some Grace tickets now to witness some raucous religious devotion.
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Grace introduces a religiously driven couple residing in Florida who is undergoing some trouble in paradise, both above and below. They are all set to open a chain of motels incorporating elements of biblical scripture and Christian dogma. With their motto being "Where would Jesus stay?," the couple invest all their life's savings into the respective real estate deal and still end up requiring a sum of $ 9 million from their financier Mr. Himmelman. Eventually it turns out that the money master has gone missing in action and Steve and Sara are left high and dry. However, Steve still holds on steadfast to his beliefs that he sums up in his assertion, “I’m not a knower. I’m a believer.” Nonetheless, this outlook leads to him working long hours, whereby motivating his wife Sara to seek out a friend in the next-door NASA nerd. Sam's vulnerability due to the loss of his girlfriend in a car wreck renders Sara to become an ideal "friend" in need, and vice-versa. Add to this the overtly agnostic German pest exterminator Karl and his clashes with the fanatical Steve and you have a comedy sans the buffoonery of the Book of Mormons.
Grace premiered in Washington DC at the Woolly Mammoth and has been penned by the playwright Craig Wright. Craig has a number of awards and accolades to his credit, such as having his creation Mistakes Were Made being listed in the "Top Ten Productions of 2010" as published in Time magazine or becoming the recipient of the 2009 "Horton Foote Excellence in Playwriting Award." Avail some cheap Grace tickets to bear witness to the penning panache of this up and coming playwright.
The cast itself has a lot to write home about, what with Paul Rudd having emerged as a major bankable comedy star in tinsel town as well as having a modest theatrical career that has seen him act alongside the likes of Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper in Three Days of Rain, or Rachel Weisz in The Shape of Things. He was also nominated for an "Outstanding Performance by an Actor" Drama League Award in 2002. Ed Asner is a legend of theater and film, having received seven Emmy Awards, including 16 nominations, as well as 5 Golden Globes. Additionally, he has served at the helm of the Screen Actors Guild as National President and was honored in 2002 by having the "Life Achievement Award" bestowed upon him by SAG.
Unlike your average spate of comedies, Grace has a whole range of dark and macabre elements underlying its script that are superbly materialized by its scintillating cast. Lighting and stage effects, though inherently minimalistic, are seamlessly inserted in the play's ambience, such as flickering and sounds of short circuiting at the end of scenes, to paint an overall grim setting. So book some Grace tickets now to be immersed in a slickly layered dogmatic drama that toys with perceptions of fate and duty to a deity, triggering sufficient comedic interludes in the process.
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