The Creation of the World and Other Business

How often would you say you’ve laughed during an Arthur Miller production? If you’re thinking along the lines of The Crucible or Death of a Salesman, then probably not as often as you’d like. Try one of his more comic satires based on the Book of Genesis. In anticipation of a planned citywide Miller festival this fall that never came to fruition, Theater Schmeater has created a reworking of Miller's 1972 Biblical tale that keeps you laughing and pensive at the same time. Schmee director J.D. Lloyd’s Eden and early Earth are a playground for the creative God (James Weidman) and the overly-analytic Lucifer (Alexander Samuels); neither one seems truly to know the purpose of humans Adam and Eve (in their birthday suits). Through the first family and their interaction with God and Lucifer, we see Miller explore remnants of his familiar ideals: guilt, sin, and isolation, among others. IRFAN SHARIFF

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 11. Continues through Oct. 10, 2009

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