Religion has always been a touchy subject, and when making a play that emanates from the Christian story of Judas Iscariot and his betrayal of Christ, one must consider how much is too much. That is, how much religious content can you put in a theater piece before it becomes too confusing, offensive, or even boring? I believe that The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (playing at the Gloria Maddox Theatre) managed to avoid causing these negative reactions by using religion and several other matters that could be deemed touchy in a funny yet intelligent way.
This production revolved around a modern-day trial of Judas Iscariot after he had died, taking place in the afterlife, in which a snarky and confident lawyer from New York argued that Judas did not deserve to go to Hell. The play was filled with flashbacks and the like, used to both serve as evidence and to introduce the many witnesses. [Read more…]