Satan is on a book tour. His recent, and as far as anyone knows Satan’s only book is his irreverent memoir ‘GOD: The Early Years’ which is also the title of the stage play currently at the Renegade Theatre in Hollywood. It is a two person show starring alternatingly Allen Rueckert and Vince DonVito as Barry Literati the interviewer and Don Woren as Satan. During the almost hour long show Satan provides an intriguing and thoroughly satirical look at the world of Heaven and his relationship with God. The show is designed to be funny, I found it to be funny but it could clearly disturb those with a particularly strong view on religion, any religion. If you amongst that group of people I whole heartedly recommend that you avoid the show. If, on the other hand, you are an atheist or believe as I do that while God does exist and may well have created man, but it is man who has created religion then odds are you will find ’GOD: The Early Years” at worst amusing and at its best down right hilarious.
Clearly the interviewer Literati is a character far closer to let’s say Whoopi Goldberg than Bill O’Reilly delves into the relationship between God and Satan and digs for an inside look at the essence of life in heaven. When asked what is required to get into to heaven he replies in part that you must be ‘really good and know how to play a harp.’ And so it goes. It is satire, it is a spoof, and it does not attack anyone’s faith. It is meant to be and succeeds at being fun. Some of it frankly a little silly but then what is wrong with that?
The two actors did an excellent job. The night I saw the show it was Vince DonVito as Literati and Dan Woren as Satan. Both men exhibited excellent talent and held the audience well. But let’s face it what chance does any interviewer have against Satan himself? So given that I confess to having found Dan Woren particularly entertaining as Satan. It was only after the show when doing a little research that I discovered that Dan Woren has contributed his voice talents to ‘Bill Plympton Presents: Magnum Farce’ a film in production and the creation of a dear friend Ken Mora. It also has a voice role from a beautiful young and highly talented actress Kari Irwin who in addition to having received coaching from Renegade Theatre founder Chick Vennera coincidently happens to be my daughter. No, I swear to God, this is all pure coincidence. Satan will vouch for me I am sure.
If you are not severely religious and would like to enjoy an hour of laughter by all means pay a visit to the Renegade Theatre and enjoy the show. It runs now through December 13th with performances Thursday nights at 8:00 PM and Sunday nights at 6:00 PM. The Renegade Theatre is located at 1514 N. Gardner Street, Los Angeles, California, just off of Sunset. For reservations and ticketing please visit http://www.godtheearlyyears.eventbrite.com.