Brought to you by the hilariously twisted minds of South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Park, the “Book of Mormon” is playing at the Denver Center through November 24. The show follows the pattern of an outrageously shocking style of comedy that will have you keeling over in laughter. The play follows the adventures of a pair of eager Salt Lake City teenagers undergoing their appointed missionary services to the poverty and AIDS stricken lands of provincial Uganda. Armed with the gospels of Joseph Smith, the duo go upon their quest of converting locals with direct quotes from the Book, that seem to get zanier by the minute. As our two Mormon protagonists are pitted against plights found in the real world (disease, violence, and bloodthirsty warlords) their faith is put through a gauntlet of questioning.
The drop dead hilarity of this musical offers a great range of musical numbers, dance routines, and a script that is fraught with the subversiveness one might expect to come from these well-known producers. A particularly spooky scene set in "Mormon Hell" catapults the audience into a tumultuous underworld inhabited by Adolf Hitler and Johnnie Cochran... "If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit". Subtly spoofing other musicals and further cameos from the likes of Jesus C., Darth Vader, and Frodo Baggins, this spectacular production is an engagingly zany journey through religion and culture.
Although a sacrilegious take on a rather conservative sect of Christianity, the "Book of Mormon" is an intriguing critique on the nature of faith and the human need to believe. Leaving the play you'll be grappling with a series of questions that transcend the play itself and is able to critique our society as a whole. Does it matter if the gospels of Joseph Smith are true? Is one faith better than another? Can true belief fill the emptiness of a hollowed soul? A pair of charming leads and a world wind cast of colorful characters raises important questions that should be thought upon by all. Certainly, any production that leaves such an impression is well worth seeing.