An eclectic cast of everyday people tackle big spiritual questions like “What’s your vision of Heaven?” and “What happens when you pray?”
Should you see it?
O God isn’t a conventional play with a clear narrative and characters. Instead, it’s a conversation starter. It’s structured as a series of very short scenes: some dramatic, some musical, some nothing more than audience questions off Twitter, and all inspired by qualitative research conducted in Ottawa on the topic of spirituality.
This is what I liked best about O God: because its content comes from average people, it’s easy to relate to and understand. It tackles issues that affect all of us and does so in a non-confrontational manner. O God has a lot of heart and strives to build community around a shared sense of love and respect for one another.
Much like its predecessor (God Verbatim), this show isn’t the most polished work at the Fringe but is worth seeing because of its heart and the thought-provoking subject matter (not to mention because of the beautiful singing). Worth noting is that O God has a focus on environmental and social issues so fans of God Verbatim will be seeing completely new material including a movement-based scene about trees in a forest (or cultural diversity?) and a beautiful monologue about language.
But that’s just my opinion, and I’d love to know what you think! Did you see God Verbatim last year? If so, how did O God stack up? If not, did this style of storytelling intrigue you? Join the discussion in the comments below.