The God of Heaven, by whatever name, is the Creator of the Universe, the Unmoved Mover, the Uncaused Cause, the Inventor of time and the Proclaimer of the laws of physics. We do not know for certain that God exists but if there is a God it is one that is vaster than our imaginations.
The God of God: the One-Man Show (Rich Potter), on the other hand, does table magic. He’s good at it, too. I sat in a front seat and couldn’t tell how he did it. But he’d tap a seemingly empty upside-down bowl and, presto change-o, out would come some fruit or somesuch (he called them planets.)
He did this for about ten minutes. If he had done stuff like this for the whole show, I think I might have liked it. But the remainder of the act was pretty much all lame jokes and vamping and not, to say the least, worthy of its Subject.
Roughly the first half of God: the One-Man Show is like the Universe before Creation: a formless void, full of chaos. God appears in His underwear, wearing a cheesy dime-store beard and wig. He’s running late, He explains. He is busy creating His 27th Universe; He’s trying to get make one without Kim Kardashian. There are several other similar, familiar, forgettable jokes. The left half of his mustache keeps falling off; eventually He discards it. He pulls out three frayed pieces of rubber, made up to look like lighting bolts. “I’m holding lightning” he chortles. “Stephen Hawking would soil himself!”
God: the One-Man Show
Written, directed and performed by Rich Potter
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Eventually, he begins to juggle the lightning bolts. He does this well: behind the back, under the leg. Still, for those looking for a demonstration of the Unmoved Mover’s might, three-object juggling is a little disappointing.
In his program notes, Potter explains that having grown up in a non-religious household he has grappled with the question of God’s existence and nature. This sort of quest can be done with wit and insight, as the current Jim Parsons Broadway piece An Act of God demonstrates. But if your way into the quest is principally through parlor tricks, you’re likely to hit a dead end, and I’m sorry to report that Potter does here.