Friday, August 23, 2013
3 reasons to pray for Book of Mormon tickets
Only a select few are still available, as most nights are sold out.
DOWNTOWN DALLAS The Book of Mormon off-Broadway tour has finally hit Big D, and tickets flew. With precious few seats left (and not many on StubHub either), one of the remaining ways to see the raunchy, R-rated, sacrilegious, and utterly hilarious musical by South Park creators Matt Parker and Trey Stone is by heading in person to the Winspear before each performance. A select number of $25 tickets have been reserved and will be handed out moments before showtime for those fervently praying their name is drawn in a lottery.
While waiting to get lucky may not seem convenient, there are several reasons -- in addition to the Arts District's distinct restaurants and myriad other attractions -- that this game of chance is worth your while. Here are three Book of Mormon observations after we saw it opening night:
You will be scandalized. Sure, you've obsessively seen every episode of Breaking Bad and could draw out the Reservoir Dogs storyboard on cue, but despite your undeniable edginess and wicked sense of humor, chances are you will gasp at least once during The Book of Mormon. Adult language? Check. Colorful descriptions of dysentery and female anatomy? Yes. Simulated bestiality? Casual jokes about AIDS? Catchy songs cursing deities? You know it. And, if you're a South Park or Avenue Q fan, you'll love it.
Jazz hands! "Flamboyant" comes closest to describing The Book of Mormon in one word, but we'll give you a little more to whet your appetite: gyrating, humping, bumping, groaning, and jazz hands galore. The dance moves are both hysterically absurd and impressively complex. That's not to mention a plethora of sequined costumes, tap dancing, and a scene in "spooky Mormon hell" with an electric-guitar-wielding Satan who commands the audience in a glittering glam-rock-inspired number.
The wholesome message. No one will deny that The Book of Mormon mocks religions of all types; however, its message is one of hope, peace, and -- to paraphrase the characters' conception of Mormonism -- extreme politeness. While South Park has always been a salient critique of contemporary society, The Book of Mormon replaces the former's more nihilistic elements with the conclusion that religion (of any brand) isn't inherently bad so long as it is used to give people hope and points them toward kindness in this world, not a "latter" one. The jokes may be silly, but the philosophy -- particularly with regard to theodicy -- is heavy duty.
Similarly, there are no real villains, least of all its Mormon superstars. And, even a warlord determined to pillage and subjugate can be reformed into a polite disciple for "all-American" Jesus Christ.
Want to try your hand at one of the most highly-coveted tickets in town? Here's all the information you need.
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