An Almost Holy Picture

As global atrocities have accellerated during the past century, a common theme in religious discussion has been, "With all the terrible things that befall us how could there be a God?" In Curious Theatre Company's regional premiere of Heather McDonald's An Almost Holy Picture, Samuel Gentle, a former pastor turned church groundskeeper, struggles with his personal tragedies and asks similar questions.

John Hutton, a local favorite at the Denver Center Theatre Company, makes this well-crafted one man show his own, radiating humility and compassion, despite his beef with his creator over the strange fate of his only child, who has a rare skin condition. With thoughtful direction from Chip Walton, Hutton's every movement takes us to a new world upon Daniel Guyette's multi-faceted stage, moving us seamlessly from garden to promontory to chapel.

At a time when America is overrun with corporate sleaze and imperialistic arrogance, Samuel Gentle's struggle for a personal relationship with God is a refreshing whisper of faith. Curious Theatre Company's An Almost Holy Picture runs through October 26th. 303-623-0524.

Bob Bows


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