Irreverence, thy name is Christopher Durang. Kicking the crutch out from under Tiny Tim, Durang's Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, a spoof of Dickens' famously sentimental A Christmas Carol, is not nearly as amusing as it should be. And this is despite New City Stage's having assembled a large and impressive Equity cast. The show limps along (oops, sorry, Tiny Tim) under the slow and plodding (oops - did it again) direction of Michael Brophy.
Religion is onstage everywhere lately: New Jerusalem by David Ives at Lantern; Angels in America by Tony Kushner at the Wilma; A Bright New Boise by Samuel Hunter at Simpatico; Grace by Craig Wright in New York; and opening soon, Philadelphia Theatre Company's Stars of David, a musical based on Abigail Pogrebin's book.
Toby Zinman's night job since 2006 is freelance theater critic for the Inquirer where she reviews New York and London as well as Philadelphia. Her day job: Prize-winning prof at UArts, author of five books about modern and contemporary drama, and doer of scholarly deeds (winner of five NEH grants, Fulbright lecturer at Tel Aviv University, visiting professor in China). She was recently named by American Theatre magazine "one of the twelve most influential critics in America."