Regional Reviews: San Francisco/North Bay
Sean Hayes portrays God as a campy character; in fact, Hayes out-camps the character. He is aided by two archangels played by David Josefsberg and James Gleason. Josefsberg roams the audience for a Q&A with the God.
An Act of God was written by David Javerbaum, the Emmy-winning head writer for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and the jesting mind behind the popular Twitter handle @TheTweetOfGod. The script is up to date for current news and God gets a few jabs in at Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. At the beginning, Hayes descends many steps from a miniature Hollywood Bowl shell with projections of lightning and thunder in the background. He wears the customary white robe and and sits and lays on a couch stage forward. He says "It's great to be back in San Francisco. The last time I was here was on business trip in 1906" (the year of the big earthquake).
Hayes as God tells the audience, "Tonight I shall give thee a new Ten Commandments, one that will forever end that uncertainty regarding what it is I desire from humanity that has caused so much bitterness and hatred among you over the millennia, all of which I find very flattering." He starts with "Thou shalt not take My name in vain." He says to not tell him what to do, such as when sneezing ("don't say God bless") or at sporting events when he is asked for help.
He talks about the plagues he's inflicted on mankind, especially Noah and the ark. He also talks about the Garden of Eden but states that he created Adam and Steve, who battled a closeted snake with a lisp. He talks about the Holocaust happening so Kander and Ebb could write a musical called Cabaret. (I was a bit uncomfortable about that remark.) He makes remarks about Adam Sandler movies and sex between men and women, when at the climax the woman says, "Oh God"he says he is really not interested in their sex. God concludes by proclaiming "Gay, straight, bisexual, transgender. Thou art all equally 'smitable' in my eyes."
Sean Hayes will appear in this show at the Booth Theatre on Broadway starting May 28.
An Act of God continues at the Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor Street, San Francisco through April 17, 2016. Tickets are available online at www.shnsf.com, by phone at 888-746-1799, or in person at the box office Tuesday-Saturday, noon - 8:30 or Sunday 11 am - 7 pm.