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  • 'Book of Mormon' packs fresh irreverence into traditional musical formula

    'Book of Mormon' packs fresh irreverence into traditional musical formula
    The curtain-raising scene of Jesus appearing "in ancient upstate New York" is the first little clue that "The Book of Mormon" is not your average Broadway musical. By the time the show ends, every politically incorrect button has been pushed, every...
  • Hippodrome production faithful to irreverent 'Mormon'

    Hippodrome production faithful to irreverent 'Mormon'
    Humor, unlike music, isn't a universal language. I mention this up front for the benefit of anyone who cannot find anything funny in religion, poverty, disease, genital mutilation or various other things targeted in "The Book of Mormon," the mega-...
  • 'Book of Mormon' restores one's faith in musical theater

    'Book of Mormon' restores one's faith in musical theater
    "The Book of Mormon" has to be the most subversive Broadway musical in history. All those other supposedly radical shows, the ones with nudity or such tough subjects as mental illness, just can't hold a candle to this insanely brilliant concoction about...
  • Let's stop arguing about what can't be proven

    I grew up among scientists ambivalent about church. At age 10, I argued my friend out of literal creationism. We decided to make up our own philosophy, the basis of Classical Cynicism. We relabeled Christianity Paulism because Paul mostly wrote the New...
  • Republicans are running on policy issues, not religion

    I have to take issue with Susan Reimer's recent column ("Are they running for president or pastor?" Sept. 19). One particular statement is such a stretch it reminds me of the blatantly biased columns in my college paper many years ago. Ms. Reimer states:...
  • A Q&A with Tony Kushner on his 'Angels in America,' then and now

    In the late 1980s, the young writer Tony Kushner began work on his second play: a theatrical epic about AIDS and homophobia, race and morality, religion and spirituality, Reaganism, love and abandonment, and much, much more. Kushner's two -part...
  • Theater review: 'Book of Mormon' is smart, vulgar and sweet

    There certainly is plenty of vulgarity in "The Book of Mormon," as one would expect from something created by "South Park's" Trey Parker and Matt Stone and "Avenue Q's" Robert Lopez. There's no shortage of f-words and riffs on subjects such as diarrhea,...
  • Hit musical "Book of Mormon" opens in Philly

    "The Book of Mormon," the irreverent Tony-winning musical comedy from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the "South Park" TV series, may be "vulgar and shocking" but it also leaves audiences with an unexpected uplifting message, says K.J....
  • Keeping The Faith: Jolts En Route To Religious Acceptance

    Keeping The Faith: Jolts En Route To Religious Acceptance
    Stephen L. Saltzman was at New York University, almost done with his studies in a tax law program, when a well-meaning Irish Catholic instructor invited him to interview at a large Boston law firm where he worked. But when Saltzman got to Massachusetts,...
  • Review: 'American Crucifixion' by Alex Beam

    Review: 'American Crucifixion' by Alex Beam
    In 1844, when Illinois was the wild, wild west, an armed mob stormed a jailhouse and assassinated an American religious leader. And got away with it. The story of Mormon founder Joseph Smith's death 170 years ago receives a fascinating retelling in...
  • On Theater: 'Book of Mormon' takes Segerstrom Center stage by storm

    On Theater: 'Book of Mormon' takes Segerstrom Center stage by storm
    You've heard a lot about "The Book of Mormon," the winner of nine Tony awards including best musical, now winding up its local premiere at Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center for the Arts. How it's raunchy, irreverent, hilarious and — according to the...
  • Alex Beam's 'American Crucifixion' takes on early Mormon history

    It didn't last long, but for a short time in the 1840s the Mississippi River town of Nauvoo was the largest city in Illinois. While most municipalities thrived on trade, Nauvoo's propelling force was something much less tangible: faith. And that would...