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It's Good Enough For Me

The New York Post, February 18, 2000
Comedy Pick

"IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME": I'm not sure what writer Barry Rowell expects us to take away from his uneven, absurdist comedy about a fast-talkin', soft-soapin' preacher of old-time religion, "It's Good Enough for Me." But Christopher Hurt portrays Rev. Tackleberry with such irresistible, Groucho-Marxian flair, this comedy's title seems apt. Dixon Place/Vineyard 26, 309 E. 26th St.; (212) 532-1546 -- Chip Deffaa

SHOUT NEW YORK, February 2000

IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME
What is true faith? Don't worry, this isn't a reincarnation of your college philosophy exam, it's simply the question raised by Peculiar Works Project co-director and playwright Barry Rowell. Combining the qualities of Groucho Marx with the story of Elmer Gantry, the ensemble piece features a less-than-holy minister who can get away with anything, "but the play is really about all the people [who] surround him," Rowell says. "They've only got themselves to blame for the fact that their minister is a womanizer and doesn't hear the Word of God -- literally." (Yes, God Almighty herself has a part in this production.) It's Good Enough for Me has twisted hymns, vaudeville shtick, and ends in a pie fight, so it's not altogether serious, and Rowell certainly isn't preachy, but his aim is clear: to get audience members to confront their own ideas about faith. February 5-26 at Dixon Place at Vineyard 26. (309 E. 26th St., 532-1546, www.dixonplace.org). Tickets are $12. -- Erica Rasmussen

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