Polished and uniformly riveting, the four actors in Grace, a new play on Broadway by Craig Wright, directed by Dexter Bullard at the Cort, provide the grace an otherwise benign and disappointing play does not. The playwright had a runaway success off-Broadway with Mistakes Were Made. History and good fortune did not repeat themselves uptown. However, the estimable Michael Shannon has graced both plays, and for that, Mr. Wright can count his blessings. That goes for the rest of us too.
A treatise on theology and faith, with all the doubt and distrust, hope and salvation such weighty subjects inspire, Grace picks at scabs instead of fully addressing them. If you’re looking for answers to earth-shattering questions raised by Sunday-morning television evangelists looking to raid your soul for profit, you will go away empty. But you will spend 90 edgy minutes (without intermission) in the company of a few vainglorious actors, good and true, while you make up your mind.
On the occasion of Tim Tebow’s arrival to New York, we are reminded of Matthew 5:29: “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” Judging by the early reactions of New York sports fans to the news that Tim Tebow is headed to the New York Jets, he may in fact have to gouge his eyes out.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
In the span of a few months,
1. New York City’s very own Archbishop Dolan becomes a Vatican-ordained Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
2. New York City’s Jeremy Lin, the biggest breakout of the 2012 NBA season, is deemed The New Tim Tebow.
Last night, on the passageway leading to the 1/2/3 train at the 42nd Street subway stop, a street preacher (usually the sort to offer vague prognostications) had already added the day’s news into his patter.
It is, for many people, one of the iconic images of 9/11: The remnants of a steel beam shaped like a cross, standing amid the smoke and ruins of Ground Zero. It was an eerie and, for some, a faith-affirming presence at the site during the weeks following the attacks
As the city prepares to Read More
On the wobbly heels of the disastrous atheist film The Ledge comes another hopeless flop about the hypocrisy and homicidal passions of evil born-again Christians, called Salvation Boulevard. I’m not taking sides. I’m just telling you it’s a stupid farrago of aborted ideas, misguided actors, lame direction, submental writing and follow-the-dots plotting that never Read More
It’s rare to see difficult, controversial issues explored in a contemporary narrative film, and The Ledge, written and directed by Matthew Chapman, is fearless about the danger of commercial failure it obviously faces. At a time when most movies are not about anything important, this one deserves credit for tackling unpopular themes like religion-fueled homophobia Read More
God is not Great
Yesterday, The Times of London printed excerpts from Stephen Hawking’s new book The Grand Design — excerpts in which the renowned author and physicist casually called God “redundant” and explained how his existence is not essential to explaining creation. This caused quite the commotion among some members of God-centric religions. And as it often does, Read More
God is not Great
World-renowned author and physicist Stephen Hawking will reveal in his new book that a higher being would not have been needed in the creation of the universe, Reuters reports. In excerpts from The Grand Design — which Hawking co-wrote with fellow physicist-scholar Leonard Mlodinow — published today in The Times of London, Hawking Read More
In the world of New York Presbyterians, the decision last month by a city agency to designate an Upper West Side church a landmark landed with a thud. With the church facing a repair bill for its iconic red sandstone building at 86th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, a bill far greater than any Read More