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Falling for Eve by Joe DiPietro and David Howard – Off Broadway Theater Review

 

THE BEGINNING OF MAN IN 90 MUSICAL MINUTES

 

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by Cindy Pierre 

published August 1, 2010 

 

Falling for Eve

now playing Off Broadway at the York Theater Company  

through August 8 

 

Adam and Eve have long been the scapegoats for human suffering.  Darn Eve's greediness and shame on you Adam for being too weak to resist her allure.  But what if their decisions and journey weren't so, ahem, good and evil? 

 

Falling for Eve, an entertaining new musical by book writer Joe DiPietro and lyricist David Howard, creates a world where an insecure, sometimes-knowing God He (Adam Kantor) and God She (Sasha Sloan) keep company with two angels, Sarah (Jennifer Blood) and Michael (Nehal Joshi), who yearn to be together even though they're not made for yearning.  All is well with the first man (Jose Llana) and lady (Krystal Joy Brown) until Eve wants desperately to know what's beyond Eden's gates.  Eve bites the apple and, as usual, God is disappointed and casts her out; but what is unusual and makes Falling for Eve intriguing is what happens next: Adam doesn't follow suit. 

 

picture - Falling for EvenUnder Herrick Goldman's dazzling rainbow lights and against the backdrop of Beowulf Boritt's chameleonic scenic design, Falling for Eve zaps the popular Book of Genesis story into a psychedelic age. Eve's discontent with paradise happens too quickly, but the 90-minute running time leaves no room for delay.  Though the songs are unremarkable until darkness is introduced into the world, the cast are all talented vocalists that make the best of what they have.  Brown is particularly impressive with a soaring performance of Where Will I Sleep Tonight, the production's best number.

 

You'll be tempted to compare Falling for Eve with Children of Eden, but Falling for Eve is much more irreverent of the scriptures and not nearly as warm.  Unless you're seeking an old-fashioned retelling, this modernized version of the beginning of Man is enough to keep you engaged.

 

cindypierre @ stageandcinema.com

 

photos by Carol Rosegg

 

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