My review of Jewish Ensemble Theatre’s ‘Act of God’

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Jaime Moyer stars in Jewish Ensemble Theatre’s “Act of God.”

Is it wrong that I kind of wish Jaime Moyer was God?

Yes or no, I got the opportunity to live out that alternative reality for about 80 minutes via “An Act of God” at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre.

Moyer’s a Detroit native, character actress, and comedienne who has, since moving to the West Coast, appeared on “Parks and Recreation,” “Two Broke Girls,” “Modern Family” and “Disney’s KC Undercover.” 

David Javerbaum’s play, meanwhile, was an outgrowth of a popular series of tweets (from @God), which led to a book, and then two limited-engagement Broadway productions starring sitcom stars Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) in 2015 and, in 2016, Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”).

Keeping this in mind, casting Moyer in the role of the Almighty seems a no-brainer. She’s quick-witted, crazy-likable, and fun to watch.

So why does “Act of God” fall a bit flat? Well, for a few reasons. First, the script itself feels pretty flimsy, which – given its origin story – is hardly surprising. It’s frothy and sassy, with some sharp one-liners (Javerbaum previously wrote for “The Daily Show”), but the premise, wherein God has decided to revamp the Ten Commandments, lacks a true narrative motor. Yes, there’s a defined structure, but little-to-no momentum pushing us forward. READ THE REST HERE


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