The last days of Jesus play out on stage, as he leads his followers (which happily include several women) in search of a better life, and silently prepares for his death. But this is also largely Judas' story, who is presented not as a traitor, but as a true follower of Jesus who believes he is doing his part by turning him in to the authorities. He is certain that this is all part of Jesus' plan, and that armies of angels will descend from heaven to save Jesus from death and bring about a new kingdom on earth. He's devastated when he finds out that's not the case, but the rest of Jesus' followers find a reason to hope.
|Jesus and his followers (photo by Matthew Abeler)|
Everyone in the large ensemble cast gives passionate and committed performances, especially Ben Bakken, who once won an Ivey Award for playing Jesus and brings that same intensity to the role of Judas. But despite the competence of this cast, it would be nice to see some diversity, considering Jesus' message of love for and inclusion of everyone and the fact that the story takes place in the Middle East.
Kingdom Undone continues through April 2, presenting a modern and relatable take on an ancient and often told story.