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September 7, 2006

If you enjoy political comedy, keep up with current events, and are not easily offended, then you'll enjoy The San Francisco Mime Troupe's latest musical Godfellas.

Godfellas is showing on Saturday, September 16 in Chico as a benefit for community radio station KZFR 90.1.

I saw Godfellas a few months ago. The musical satire was hilariously smart, the acting superb, and the music lively. Like all good political comedy, it's quite topical and surprisingly intellectual with quotes from Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson interspersed with lines about "Sister Wendy's Guide to Great Nude Renaissance Paintings."

In other words, the musical appeals to both high-brow and low-brow intellect and humor.

But be forewarned. If you're easily offended, especially if you're not amused by satire exploring topics like religion and church/state issues, then Godfellas is not a show for you.

Here's the description of Godfellas:

"Imagine a nation where religious fervor runs hot, and rhetoric runs hotter. Where belief has replaced reason, and where Liberty and Justice play a broken second fiddle to an all powerful, omniscient, omnipresent military-industrial God complex. That's the nation Reverend C.B. De Love wants. That's also the nation where shy, civics teacher Angela Franklin finds herself. In her struggle to stop the coming Theocracy, will Angela go too far? In her zeal to destroy the opiate of the masses, will she make a religion out of her anti-religion, joining the ranks of the Gangsters for God? Or will she see the folly of blind faith in anything - even the Constitution - and return to Reason?"

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