Good Book

Jesus got his own Broadway musical, as did Joseph and the entire Gospel of Matthew. Now, Job's not one to complain, but while his biblical compatriots are busy being superstars with amazing Technicolor dreamcoats who are godspelling all over the place, Job just wonders when his tragically sad story will get its due. Yeah, yeah, it's so sad to be left for dead in a well or get crucified, but what about Job? In just one day, he lost seven sons, three daughters, 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 donkeys and a fair number of servants. And while filing the insurance claims on that brouhaha, he developed a painful case of the boils and took to sitting in a pile of ashes and scratching himself with a piece of broken pottery.

With no TiVo or PSP to ease the misery, Job and his friends talk--at extremely great length--about why God would inflict such anguish on a relatively righteous man. And if that doesn't lend itself to musical extravaganza, what does? The majority of the book doesn't have much plot, but just imagine the showstoppers based on the thematic elements alone: "Satan Manipulates God," "Windbags Talking," "Windbags Talking (Reprise)" and "My Wife Just Told Me to Curse God and Die." So far, the book of Job hasn't made it to Broadway, but it has come as far as Fort Worth.

Jubilee Theatre presents its gospel musical Book of Job, as interpreted by Joe Rogers and late founder Rudy Eastman, to audiences looking for toe-tapping tunes on the subject of suffering. The musical, which was originally presented in 1996 and successfully revived in 2000, looks to make the third time as charming as the first two. We don't know if Jubilee Theatre's Book of Job is anything like our imaginings, but we're crossing our fingers that there will at least be a sad man scratching himself with pottery.

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Michelle Martinez

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