Mark's Gospel | Mercury Theater Chicago | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Mark's Gospel The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays and Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 28 2009

He may or may not be the savior of mankind, but as a literary character, Jesus of Nazareth is a dud--vague, humorless, overly fond of riddles, and altogether a far cry from his compellingly moody dad. This presents a challenge to those who would dramatize Christ's life story, especially when they rely solely on the text of the Gospels. Max McLean's sonorous recitation of the book of Mark (most of it anyway) is certainly scrupulous, but all those miracles and parables grow wearisome when the main character remains a cipher. Jeffrey Fiske's beige staging for Fellowship for the Performing Arts adds little to keep the senses occupied, save for some map projections and lighting effects. As the heathens would say, it's duller than church. --Zac Thompson

Price: $29-$48.50

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