By Neil Simon
Directed by Jim Lockwook
Produced by Joanne Schaaf & Megan Vander Kolk
Cast: Geoff Burkman as Joe Benjamin,
Marcia Nowik as Rose Benjamin,
Jeremy Gingrich as David Benjamin,
Melissa Sokol as Sarah Benjamin, Josh Katawick as Ben Benjamin,
Franklin Johnson as Morris, Catherine A Collins as Mady
& John Bukowski as Sidney Lipton
If you think the book of Job is not great comedic material, you should see Neil Simon's devilishly clever adaptation, GOD'S FAVORITE. Simon has moved Joe Benjamin and his family to Long Island of the 1970s, but fire, lightning, and physical torments are still Godís tests. Godís messenger seems to delight in Joeís troubles and encourages him to end his trial by renouncing God, but Joe, like Job, is steadfast. He is as committed to his faith as Simon is to wringing laughter from Joe's pain. Need a laugh to start your year? Have a little faith. Come see GOD'S FAVORITE.
Feb. 5: Dayton City Paper review link added.