by Nick Smith
What better way to make an actor’s day than to kill the theater critic? Deuce Theatre’s experimental look at religion included a sacrifice, although I didn’t know it when I was brought onto the stage with a few other audience members. I was placed on an altar, still unaware of my fate until I was offered up as an appeasement to the gods. Fortunately for me this was theater, so I was allowed to go back to my seat after my death. But the scene brought home the power of religious ritual by making the audience part of it. Deuce used other participatory elements as well: sounds, masks, movements, stories, and even feedback from attendees from previous shows, who were asked what they thought about religion. Although the show was short, it reflected the sheer breadth of different beliefs. Deuce will explore the subject further when they remount Treeligion for Piccolo Spoleto this year.
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