Onstage: God's Favorite

The Showboat Majestic can finally get its season afloat now that the Ohio River has settled down. (The Majestic’s first production had to be moved to the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts because of high water at the Public Landing.) Maybe it took

May 31, 2011 at 2:06 pm

The Showboat Majestic can finally get its season afloat now that the Ohio River has settled down. (The Majestic’s first production had to be moved to the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts because of high water at the Public Landing.) Maybe it took an act of God: That seems somehow appropriate, since the show that opens this week is Neil Simon’s 1974 comedy, God’s Favorite, a show about testing faith. Joe Benjamin is a modern-day Job. The successful Long Island businessman has a high-maintenance wife, ungrateful children and household help with a lot of attitude. As if that weren’t enough, he’s visited by Sheldon Lipton, a messenger from God who also happens to be a compulsive film buff: It’s his mission to put temptation in Joe’s path and get him to denounce god. His tests of Joe’s faith, laced with a lot of crazy jokes and anecdotes from the world of cinema, provide some hilarious comedy as Lipton does his best to assemble a report back to “the Boss.” This contemporary morality tale is a perfect fit for the Showboat. Through June 19. $16-$17.

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