'Is God Is' Rich Ryan


Is God Is

Every Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Sept. 21-Oct. 13
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Sept. 23-Oct. 14
2 p.m.
Free first-come, first-served tickets; $35 for guaranteed seating

Subversive satire Is God Is delivers enough bloodletting for a spaghetti western while simultaneously pondering provocative questions on racial inequity, class division, familial obligation, and the morality of vengeance. Echoing ancient tragedies, Is God Is follows the wrathful path of African American twin sisters intent on inflicting brutal retribution upon a father who nearly incinerated them as children and left their mother on the verge of death. Layered with thought-provoking subtext to counterbalance the wanton carnage, Is God Is earned playwright Alesha Harris an Obie Award earlier this year for a production at Soho Rep that also garnered awards for the headlining cast of Alfie Fuller and Dame-Jasmine Hughes. The latter will reprise her role for Mixed Blood Theatre under the direction of Nataki Garrett, reforming a collaborative duo that previously won acclaim for Pussy Valley and An OctoroonIs God Is looks to be an exhilarating production, tallying the casualties of revenge and finding humanity in the carnage.>