In her one woman show, "The God Box," under the Direction of Christine Hamel, Antonia Lassar conducts a Master Class in storytelling. Using her own personal spiritual pilgrimage as a launching pad, she tells the tale of a young woman who begins with Judaism and ends up having explored a widely divergent potpourri of religious expressions and belief systems.
The conceit is that this pilgrimage has been very private and under the radar of her Jewish parents. The mother only discovers what path her daughter had trod after the daughter's sudden death. Cleaning out the daughter's apartment, the mother discovers a "God Box" full of mementos of the various stations of the cross of her daughter's spiritual journey. Each item becomes a totem that sends the mother on her own exploration to try to understand what her daughter had been searching for - and with whom.
Ms. Lassar portrays each character with enough differentiation that we know exactly who is speaking at any given moment.. She begins the play by recounting an old Yiddish tale about a village of idiots, Chelm, and the chief idiot, Schlemiel. It is a wonderful tale that foreshadows a moving denouement when the mother finds something written in a Bible her daughter had placed in the God box..
"The God Box"
Through April 19
This play is not only technically brilliant, but also emotionally and spiritually rich. One cannot put God in a box, but one can certainly place there icons of one's search for the deity.
If you can find your way this weekend to Watertown and New Rep's Black Box Theatre, you just may have a spiritual experience.
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