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Birdland Theatre – Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

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reviewed by Paula Citron
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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
Birdland Theatre
Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by David Ferry
Starring Jane Porter, Morris Panych, Diego Matamoras, Shaun Smyth, Ted Dykstra, Philip Akin, Louise Pitre, Philip Akin, Aviva Armour-Ostroff, Adam Brazier, Chris Stanton, Zorana Kydd, Richard Greenblatt, Zarrin Darnell and Abdu Bedward.
At the Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District until Apr. 15
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One of the great theatre events of 2005 was Birdland Theatre’s short run of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Eleven new actors join four original cast members and director David Ferry in remounting this subversive play, and whether you beg, buy or borrow a ticket, this show must be seen.

At 3 hours, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play is long, but it is also long on ideas. By the time Last Days is over, almost every philosophical, psychological and historical subject that affects mankind has an airing. The stimulating discourse is dizzying.

Set in Purgatory, a defence lawyer tries to argue that Judas Iscariot deserves forgiveness. The trial appeal allows Guirgis to introduce not only historical figures like the Apostles and Pontius Pilate, but major world players such a Sigmund Freud and Mother Theresa – and of course, Satan.

What a rich theatrical experience this play is!

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot continues at the Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District until Apr. 15.

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