“The Book of Mormon” is a wonderfully satirical musical that follows Elders Price and Cunningham (Ryan Vondy and Cody Jamison Strand) on their first Mormon missionary trip to Africa on behalf of the Church of Latter Day Saints, better known as the Mormons. Written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of “South Park,” the musical is a heartfelt, yet scathing commentary on religious evangelism.
This musical had me and the sold out audience laughing hysterically for the better part of the show. Being that the show is widely known as being a comedically vulgar presentation, the directors wisely allowed plenty of time for the audience’s laughter at key points.
The fun at religious evangelism. Boldly tackling topics such as AIDS, poverty, famine, homosexuality, and bestiality in a way that the audience doesn’t feel ashamed for laughing at them. The show handles all of these topics with the perfect blend of satire and sanity.
With a few showings left at The Devos Place, the production is intended strictly for an adult audience. The showings are part of the productions national off Broadway tour. The shows next stop is the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York.
The main actors who portrayed the key Mormon missionaries were so compelling in their performances, that I felt they were knocking at my own door. While “The Book Of Mormon” is scathing at times in its portrayal of the Mormon religion, it portrays the main characters as well intentioned human beings who genuinely believe they can make the world a better place.