Denise Lee leads the cast of five, her thrilling voice burning with emotion in the story-song of Sarah, wife of Abraham and the Bible's most famous late-in-life first-time mother. Terri Ferguson sings the tale of Babylonian Queen Vashti, who defies her husband by refusing to parade naked at one of his lavish parties. For that, she is put to death.

Annie Benjamin becomes Esther, the "Jewish Mata Hari," and then plays some hot jazz flute with musical director Scott A. Eckert's trio. Jodi Wright sings as Lilith, the first woman in Eden, so disappointed by lack of equality with Adam that she flees the Garden, to be replaced by Eve. Amy Fisher Hughes reminds us how sexy the scriptures can be in her interpretation of the erotic poetry of "Song of Songs."

Under the direction of Pam Myers-Morgan, Bible Women makes beautiful music from these ancient legends.

Second Thought Theatre's FIT entry, Once More, With Feeling (A Power Play), a ghastly one-act by Christina Cigala, tests the patience and, looking at that title, also flunks the punctuation quiz. Characters named "A" and "B" (Cara L. Reid, Matthew Clark) carry on nonsensical conversations about boy-girl relations as a be-robed chorus (Jason Robert Villareal, Tiffany Lonsdale-Hands), including a man in drag (Sachin Patel), makes noises and sings a brain-rattling "bom-bom-bom-BOM-bom" tune. They sing it incessantly and loudly, until you want to leap out of your seat and throttle them one by one to make them stop. It does, finally. Just not soon enough.

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