Get Mad at Sin!

Jimmy Swaggart, cousin and boyhood chum to fireballin' rocker Jerry Lee Lewis, embodied the same white-hot passion and reckless abandon in his Christian ministry (which rose to fame based on Swaggart's sweaty, impassioned, transcendent preaching). Andrew Dinwiddie channels Swaggart in a recreation of a 1970s First Assembly of God sermon, which points double barrels at sex, rock 'n' roll, and everything that bedeviled young people then and presumably still leads them into the arms of Old Brimstone Breath. His performance was favorably written up in the New York Times. Dinwiddie plays this one straight, letting Swaggart's moral passion and goddamned craziness shine across the decades. Fit this show in between various block parties and barbeques, and let the voice of righteousness berate you for your iniquitous ways (yes, Swaggart was brought down by his own moral failings, but let's have compassion for a fellow sinner).
Mon., July 26, 7 p.m., 2010

 
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