Religion: The Sentencing of God

A play in Manhattan closed last week after only three performances, but it was a smash hit. Students in the religious drama program of Union Theological Seminary closed their six-play season with a production of a play by a German Evangelical pastor that moved Drama Critic Brooks Atkinson of the New York Times to soaring words ("stunning," "remarkable") and packed the seminary auditorium with standees.

Pastor Guenter Rutenborn, who is somewhere in East Germany, wrote The Sign of Jonah immediately after the war, for a Germany that was standing shocked and beaten in the rubble of the Third Reich. The one-act play...

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