REVIEW: The Commandment

An atheist who is contacted by God.

By Jean-Paul Fournier

There could be potential in a play about an atheist who is contacted by God, looking for an agent to deliver His latest commandment. Right from the start, our protagonist Thomas, tells the audience that he knew God was talking to him because nobody wouldn’t recognize God’s voice.

But instead of analyzing, exploring, and/or philosophizing on either the subjects of atheism or the existence of God, the crutch of the play leans on the reveal of the latest commandment. Richard Beaune offers a likable character as Thomas, our spiritually tortured protagonist. He has some nice comic timing and a likeable demeanour, which does elevate a script that generated a predictable and disappointing conclusion, rather than something profound or meaningful.

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