Theater: Corpus Christi

By Terrence McNally

The producers of this off-Broadway cause celebre, about a gay Jesus in Texas, were ready for religious protests. What they didn't expect was a crucifixion by the critics ("Utterly devoid of moral seriousness or artistic integrity"--New York Daily News). A sad injustice. Years from now, when the brouhaha is past, Corpus Christi may get its due as one of McNally's best, most moving and personal works. His updating of the Christ story is witty but not patronizing, as sober and cleansing as a dip in baptismal water. Joe Mantello's production--a bare stage, apostles clad in identical white shirts and khakis--is a...

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