The story of Adam and Eve and all of its ramifications is a well-trotted and oft adapted story. It's Aboot Adam, playing at Just the Tonic at La Belle Angele, puts a new Scottish twist on the classic biblical tale.
It's Aboot Adam puts a new Scottish twist on the classic biblical tale.
The show casts God as a cross-dressing late night television host with Lucifer as the annoying stage hand gone rogue. The play really moves when the actors are engaging the audience in the fun and infusing the production with Scottish euphemisms and jokes.
The acting is a bit uneven with standout performances by Christopher McDougall as God and Adam Morgan as Cain. McDougall’s God manages to serve not only as the shows comedic emcee, but also it's moral and emotional center. Morgan’s Cain gives a rowdy performance as the murderous brother who is also obsessed with football.
At the production I saw the two men even duetted to a masterful rendition of My Heart Will Go On complete with the iconic 'King of the world' pose from Titanic.
The production does manage to pull off an unexpected catharsis when it surprisingly shifts tone for the final reconciliation between the devastated Eve and her God. The scene, performed with an unnerving simplicity by Amira Kremers’ Eve, makes the audience reconsider everything we know about the story of Eve; her relationship with God, and the pact most believers have made with such a fickle higher power.