‘The Hour Of Great Mercy’ Faces Mortality along with Dignity #San_DiegoApril 14, 2019
Published: 2019.02.15 02:27 PM
Andrew Oswald in The Hour of Great Mercy | Photo by Simpatika
Then sometimes a world premiere by an emerging playwright drops right here in San Diego, and it’s so good that reviewing it is less like an assignment and more like standing on the street corner and flagging down anyone I can to say, “You’ve got to see this.” The Hour of Great Mercy is one of those cases.
Its central figure is Ed (Andrew Oswald), a gay Jesuit priest who returns home to the fictional town of Bethlehem, Alaska, after a five-year absence, in search of reconciliation with his brother Roger (Tom Stephenson) and his sister-in-law Maggie (Dana Case).
Real life seldom gives us the courtesy of neat compartments to sort our malfunctions into.
When he loses it, you feel for him, but also for anyone in his way.
Tom Stephenson in The Hour of Great Mercy | Photo by Simpatika
The unexpected relationship that develops between his character and Joseph (Patrick Mayuyu) forms the bright magnetic center of the play, a rare tenderness and a testament that it’s never too late to find love.
The Hour of Great Mercy At Diversionary Theatre through March 3
Tickets at diversionary.org
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