THEATER: “The Book of Mormon” @ Proctors, 3/12/14

March 14th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

The Book of Mormon

Review by Greg Haymes

AIDS…
Homophobia…
Jesus Christ…
Genital mutilation…
Racial discrimination…
Sex acts with amphibians…

No, not your typical topics for musical theater gags, but they’re undeniably there in “The Book of Mormon,” currently on stage at Proctors in Schenectady for a virtually sold-out run through Sunday (March 16). Written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (“South Park”) with Robert Lopez (“Avenue Q”), the wild, wonderful, witty production is the hottest ticket in town for a reason. And yes, it lives up to all of its hype.

Plotwise, it’s easy to sum up. It’s basically the tale of two young Mormon men – the straight-laced over-achiever Elder Price (Mark Evans) and his goofy, less-than-competent sidekick Elder Cunningham (Christopher John O’Neill) – who are sent from Utah to a small village in Uganda on a two-year mission to attempt to convert the native villagers to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Needless to say, hijinks ensue.

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