John Szablewski Reviews

Theatre Review: ‘An Act Of God’ at O’Connell & Company

David Javerbaum gives theatergoers the chance of a lifetime. An intimate, 90-minute talk with the Big Guy. No, I’m not taking about Santa Claus, I’m talking about God. Him. The Almighty. Well, a depiction of him, let’s say. God himself, as we learn early on in this comical show, takes many forms, and he is presenting himself in the form of the beloved local character actor, Joey Bucheker.

. . .full of hoots, hollers, and uproarious laugher.

What does God have to say that is so important, that he took 90-minutes out of his day to come to the Park School of Buffalo, and meet with a live audience? Well, you’d be surprised. God, wanted to cut out the middle man, and deliver his new “10 Commandments” to us directly, so that there wasn’t any question about the meaning of these. . .new Heavenly laws. Prayer, sporting events, national disasters, technology, pop culture, and even some audience participation come along for this Heavenly ride of new-found enlightenment. Accompanied by Gabriel (Dan Morris) and Michael The Archangel (Jake Hayes), this comic trio gives the audience a performance that is full of hoots, hollers, and uproarious laughter.

Bucheker does a wonderful job delivering the word of God in this production. He has a great personality for the character, and is able to be ridiculously goofy, and heartfelt, at the turn of a dime. Bucheker gets laugh after laugh as he shares his wisdom with the audience, especially when he let’s us all in on a little secret, that God’s favorite human emotions are awe and panic. He does not disappoint. 

Dan Morris and Jake Hayes do a great job portraying God’s sidekicks in this comedy, and pull out all the stops when it comes to taking creative risks, and getting the laughs. They compliment Bucheker’s style, often grounding him at times, which balances out the performance nicely.

Overall, this show is an enjoyable night out. It does get a little preachy toward the end  (pun intended at no extra charge to you) but it does not take away from the charm and heart that it possesses. Director Victoria Perez-Maggiolo has mounted a hit. Go see this show!

Running Time: 90-Minutes, with one 15-minute intermission.

Advisory: Some adult language and suggestive content.

“An Act Of God” runs until February 11, 2018 and is presented at O’Connell & Company. For more information, click here.