Theater: Gift of Grace

MASS APPEAL by Bill C. Davis

On the stage, as in films, men of the cloth are sometimes made out of whole cloth. That is not the case with Mass Appeal, where as playgoers, we come to know and cherish two men as creatures of flesh and blood, and perceive in them aspects of our common strengths and weaknesses.

The drama puts a complacent middle-aging priest, Father Tim Farley (Milo O'Shea), in sometimes stormy but under-lyingly tender conflict with an ardent, rebellious and idealistic seminarian, Mark Dolson (Eric Roberts). In its simplest terms, this is the perennial skirmish between youth and age, between...

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