Savior the moment
A bloodied, shirtless, seemingly deranged prophet bursts into a backwoods cabin and then bursts into verse in "The Gospel of Cyrus According to Cyrus."
By JOSHUA TANZER
For those of us who suspect that it's a thin line between a
religious visionary and a psychotic, there's "The Gospel of Cyrus
According to Cyrus,"
a one-man, one-musician show at Theater for the New City.
Haggard, shirtless, bloodied, with a look of violence in his eyes, Cyrus
(Jessejames Locorriere) bursts into an old backwoods cabin as if the
hounds are at his heels. He grips a long flintlock rifle and holds it
firmly against his groin while he dares God and man to bring on his final
destruction not the last time that sexual and religious fanatacism
will be intertwined in this play. And he does so, we quickly notice, in
Cyrus recounts his hardscrabble childhood, his dysfunctional upbringing and
his inspiration by God. God has given him a strange but nicely achievable
mission: get drunk and stay that way. This doesn't rank with truth and
salvation as personal missions from God, but it does somehow bring him a
fanatical following. Of course, having a fanatical following can be a
dangerous thing if they turn on you, which seems to be what has happened
to the deranged, gun-toting, whiskey-swilling Cyrus.
|THE GOSPEL OF CYRUS ACCORDING TO CYRUS|
|Written by: Chris Talbott.|
Directed by: Laramie Dennis.
Cast: Jessejames Locorriere.
Music by: Rowland Stebbins.
Our boy not only spouts rhyming verse, he also sings the occasional
country tune to further dramatize his shocking tale, with accompaniment by
singer-guitarist Rowland Stebbins. The music, along with the timeless quality of
the pre-technology shack and the antique rifle, adds to the all-American flavor of
this peculiar but evocative fable.
|FEBRUARY 21, 2000|
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