Satan and God

Theatre Row Studio Theatre, Manhattan

Two famous immortals go head-to-head over the environment. Whose side are you on?

By Andrew Andrews

No Budget Productions presents the world premiere of William Andrew Jones’s new “comedy” Satan and God, directed by the playwright at Theatre Row’s Studio Theatre. Original image by Michelangelo (edited by the company).

Satan’s taken the form of a movie executive and wants to destroy a pristine Manitoba forest to shoot a battle scene for a blockbuster sequel to a blockbuster sequel to a blockbuster film about the card game “War” entitled… you guessed it, War III.

God’s not having it, so he shows up as an environmentalist to ask Satan to relocate the shoot, which would destroy the habitat of the last three Gray-Crested Starlings known to exist.

Instead of heeding God’s plea, Satan captures one of the rare birds and has his personal chef craft it into a delicious meal.

God’s response is, of course, The Plague, beginning with turning all of the water into blood and giving everyone on the crew painful boils on their posteriors.

And so it goes, back-and-forth, with the two immortals tormenting each other, between conversations that play out like long-lost friends catching up and reminiscing about the good ol’ days.

Jonathan Wong Frye and Zach Wegner star as God and Satan, respectively. Original photo by Michael Cole.

If you're the kind of person who likes to spend $30+fees to watch two actors list, enumerate, itemize, name, note, specify, recite, spell out, recount, identify, report and mention every possible item, article, piece, element, object, feature, thing, detail, particular, component, factor, aspect, part, ingredient, token, facet, artifact, member, unit, portion, respect, minutia, characteristic, variation, segment or technicality of every topic, subject, theme, matter, issue, question, motif, problem, concern, thesis, affair, case, business, focus, motive, idea or talking point that could come up in an hour’s worth of conversation, then you’ll love this show.

The rest of us are better off staying home.

Andrew Andrews attended Satan and God at Theatre Row Studio Theatre in Manhattan on Thursday, April 7, 2022 @ 8:00pm to write this review.