The Theater: New Plays on Broadway, Dec. 22, 1958

J.B. is Archibald MacLeish's re-enactment in a contemporary setting of the Book of Job. It is also a restatement of it, and, in a double sense, it is a theater piece. The action takes place inside a night-lit circus tent where a sideshow Job has been performing. Two out-of-work actors, Mr. Zuss and Nickles, toy with the Biblical masks of God and Satan they find lying around, and try speaking the roles. Suddenly they are aware of a voice from outside them, are caught up in a story near at hand.

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