An Aspect of God and Next and Her Savior Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays. Continues through Feb. 9 2012

After a ten-year absence, playwright Jennifer Biddle returns to Rhinofest with a pair of quirky explorations of faith and transformation. In An Aspect of God, a grieving mother decides to confront "someone who is in charge of praying," since the numerous prayers offered at her dying daughter's bedside only added to the torment. A shaggy, sympathetic chemistry develops between Rebekka James as the mom and Sam Guinan-Nyhart as a minor deity who tries—and largely fails—to address her concerns. There's a distinct Martha-and-Mary flavor to Next and her Savior, a tale of two sisters in which action-oriented Missy (a forthright Jenn Adams) tries to coax contemplative Next (an ethereal Breahan Pautsch) out of her literal cocoon. Sensitive, nicely underplayed moments between Adams and Pautsch make this a slight but charming parable. —Kerry Reid

Price: $12-$15


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