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Donna Burridge-Vohar: PVPA play delivered laughs and lessons

To the editor:

Unlike the majority of those editorializing about the most controversial production since the politically correct police shut down the production of “West Side Story” in Amherst, I actually saw PVPA’s recent production of “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” at the Academy of Music in Northampton.

I went for several reasons — mainly to support the students and staff who put the production together, but also to recognize the bravery of those same folks who did not cave to the controversy and bravely put their best foot forward.

And best foot it was! The actors and actresses were stellar. They won me over in the Garden of Eden and I never looked back. At no point whatsoever did I feel offended, nor did I feel threatened by the content of Paul Rudnick’s deliriously funny take on the Old Testament.

Between the one-liners, which had the audience laughing until they simply ran out of breath, there were some lessons to be learned. These included, most obviously, the acceptance of others as they are and that love, true love, endures between Adam and Steve or Adam and Eve during feast and famine, drought or flood.

As the quote by James Baldwin, cleverly inserted into the playbill, very succinctly pointed out, “Artists are here to disturb the peace.” Disturb the peace indeed. Bravo!

Donna Burridge-Vohar


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