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Theater review of "The God of Isaac" at Stage Door Theatre

Staff Writer

You sit there, enjoying the heck out of a breezy production of “The God of Isaac,” but wondering when the pot will boil.

That’s the neat thing about this production at Coral Springs’ Broward Stage Door Theatre: it’s a quick-witted and clever comedy that puts its seriousness on such a slow, but steady, burn that you’re unaware of exactly when you began to feel the prickly heat.

It must help having such a strong script from James Sherman (“Beau Jest”) and such comedic-timing proficient direction from Dan Kelley.

The planned march of neo-Nazis in Skokie, Illinois back in 1978 sends Isaac (Patrick A. Wilkinson) on a journey to find his religious and cultural identity. Coaching and kvetching from the audience in this play-within-a-play is his Ma (Phyllis Spear).

A whole host of other characters, some terribly touching and others super silly, are realized by Tom Bengston, Christian Vandepas, Rebeca Diaz and Kelli Mohrbacher. And it is when this cache of talent insert sketches – from “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “The Wizard of Oz” to “On The Waterfront” and “My Fair Lady” – you feel as if you don’t want the show to ever end, even after a little over 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Never has waiting for Nazis been so much fun.

“The God of Isaac” runs through April 20 at Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. matinees Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $38 ($16 for students). Contact: 954-344-7765 or StageDoorTheatre.com.

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