By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
That's good stuff. And so's this whole production, right down to the stagehands decked out in starched choir robes for their set-moving chores. Nice set, too, by Harland Wright, whose simple design suggests the tacky majesty of the brand of church that contains its own shopping mall and America's largest pipe organ.
Best of all in God's Manare the two men in the leading roles. Feagin and Jenkins give terrific performances, bringing believably evangelical verve to their interpretations of two very different types of preachers. They don't hoke it up, and they don't upstage one another in the showier moments. They remain faithful to the material without commenting on it acting-wise, and they have heaps of energy, keeping the pace of the show popping like a fireworks display.
What you've got here are fine actors, a darn fine play and a little bit of the Good Book thrown in for good measure. And in the words of one much-loved, media-savvy modern-day prophet, "That's a good thing."