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Love or else!

Saw my granddaughter Celeste's senior class production of Godspell at her high school yesterday. Impressed with how polished & confident all 16 kids were (can I say Celeste was the radiant standout?).

But wow, the play is so lame! I had never seen it before. It's an earnest, heavy-handed & contradictory recounting of the gospel of Matthew with the message: you be nice or I [Jesus] won't be.

It's not that religion has to be dignified, but this was naive and so contemporary as to be exclusionary. Maybe when it first appeared in 1971, in the era of Hair and Jesus freaks, it burst in as a fresh & relevant version of its message, but now—come to think of it, high school is exactly where it belongs.
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