Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Jesus told it differently...

When I was offered a comp ticket to see The Return of the Prodigal Son at the Mint Theater last night, I thought I already knew the story from my Sunday School days. Playwright St. John Hankin definitely borrowed from Jesus' parable about the good-for-nothing son who is thought dead and then doted on by his father when he returns alive. This play is the backstory with a twist and this time no fatted calf is served. Playing the Prodigal was the wonderfully snide and arrogant Roderick Hill
and his jealous brother was Bradford Cover.
Bradford Cover. Both were wonderfully cast. Playing their father so elagantly and cool was Richard Kline - yes, that's right, Larry from Three's Company!
Larry was never so debonaire! Rounding out this family as their mother was Tandy Cronyn. This was definitely an entertaining evening off-Broadway.

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