9th Hour Theatre celebrates Arthur Miller’s 100th birthday with an adaptation of one of his more obscure scripts. In this play within a play, a traveling circus presents the story of the birth of humanity. Is it the greatest show on Earth, as it claims to be?
The Creation of the World and Other Business is an exploration of the birth of humanity in three acts. In the first, Adam and Eve are cast out of the garden of Eden. In the second, Eve finds herself tempted by Lucifer while pregnant with the first man. Finally, God and Lucifer’s conflict reaches a point of no return, culminating in the murder of Abel by his brother Cain.
9th Hour Theatre puts Miller’s religious parable in the context of a circus show. If you’re expecting a Cirque Du Soleil vibe, you may be disappointed. This production is more worth seeing for the theological discussion it might inspire than for the circus aspect. I can see how the combination of storytelling and circus arts could have worked. However, at times it feels like an excuse to have the actors switch characters, dress them in costumes not really reminiscent of the original story and to incorporate more physicality into what can be a dense script. Read the full review.