God wants people to know a few things. He doesn't meddle in which actors get what film roles, and he doesn't have time to help athletes get a ball in a hoop or score a touchdown — especially not in inconsequential second-division college games. Being thanked for that "cheapens the brand," the Almighty says in An Act of God.
It seems the Lord is greatly misunderstood. That's why he's back in this show to explain his new Ten Commandments in person. Bryan Batt plays God in An Act of God at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre May 11 to 27.
God is a popular character, played by stars including George Burns and Morgan Freeman in movies, and more recently onstage both by Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) in the lead of An Act of God. The play is by David Javerbaum, a comedy writer who has won 13 Emmy Awards, 11 of them writing for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Javerbaum began tweeting as God (@TheTweetofGod), and that became the basis for his book The Last Testament: A Memoir by God, which was adapted for the stage and opened on Broadway in 2015.
It should come as no surprise that God made man in his image. He's also imperfect, and in the play he shares why Creation took longer than he expected and why he feels that his son ("Junior") messed up everything God had set up for him in the family business.
"He has a 'whatever gets you through' kind of attitude," Batt says.
Batt also says its one of the biggest roles of his life. Not so much because he's the Almighty, but even after his work on TV (Mad Men) and Broadway (Percy in The Scarlet Pimpernel), he's not done a play so much about his character. Batt is joined by the angels Michael (Leon Contavesprie) and Gabriel (Wendy Miklovic), but most of the play is God shedding light on his mysterious ways.
Tickets $15-$50. At 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., (504) 522-2081; www.lepetittheatre.com.