The Book of Mormon

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The 2011 Broadway favorite, The Book of Mormon, swept that year's award season, snatching up nine Tonys, five Drama Desk awards and even a Grammy in 2012. And while snobby theater-goers had previously scoffed at any play-wrighting that could come from the famously crass South Park duo and a co-creator of Avenue Q, they found themselves scrambling for tickets. What they discovered was the story of two naive Mormon boys on their religious mission to war-torn Africa, who settle in a poverty-stricken village suffering under the rule of a villainous warlord obsessed with female circumcision. And you know something? It was damn funny. Much like the play's eventual message that the exact details of a religion don't matter quite as much as the power it has to help people—it's not so much what you say, but how you say it.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m.; Sundays, 1 & 6:30 p.m. Starts: May 13. Continues through May 25, 2014

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