The Book of Mormon: Maybe God’s favourite, but not mine.
Created by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone. Best known for creating the animated comedy South Park, Parker and Stone co-created the music with Lopez, a co-composer/co-lyricist of Avenue Q (loved Avenue Q btw).
The Book of Mormon was funny at parts and purposefully designed to be a religious satire play, however, the key subjects of its intended mockery were four main ‘types’ of people:
- Christians (in the broadest sense)
- Black African’s (it was based in Uganda, I didn’t know this before I went)
- Occasionally gay people
I was uncomfortable and offended for the majority of the play. Only towards the end did I lighten up, but I felt like I had to.
Respectfully the play touched upon several truths about Western missionary projects that travel to poverty stricken areas of the world, without any prior acknowledgement and awareness of the issues affecting deprived societies. If a family doesn’t have clean water to drink, their spiritual salvation isn’t an immediate priority. Understandably. The play also brought to light how spiritual text has been manipulated in the past for the egotistical gains of several religious leaders and groups. That I get, and appreciate. However, jokes on AIDS and female circumcision. Not so much. I’m not prude, but I like to draw the line somewhere.
It wasn’t the worst play I’ve seen, but despite its glowing review in several newspapers and posters plastered all over London Underground, coupled with the awards received; for £75 a ticket, I wouldn’t recommend it.
I’m not easily offended, but I was offended and felt really uncomfortable for the majority of it. The cast were great, full of energy, great choreography, singing and the stage management was good. The comedic content on the other hand…
Parts that made me happy
*A scene when they are in hell, I like the onesies that the devils assistants wore
*The theatre was easy to find
Parts that made me cringe
* “ooh wow, isn’t she a nice shade of brown”
* “A whole song entitled ‘F__k you God’
* “Another song called ‘we have AIDS’, followed by jokes on giving and contracting AIDS.
* Jokes on female circumcision
* Jokes and dances about child rape