Tent Meeting: A Hilarious Play About an Illegitimate Child, Cover Up, Blind Faith, the Messiah and Revival
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- Language:English (Published)
- Publication Date:1987
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The Reverend Ed Tarbox, a Bible-thumping, redneck revivalist, becomes convinced that the misshapen creature to which his daughter has given birth is the Messiah. With the reluctant help of his dimwitted son (who suspects his father sired the child), Ed kidnaps the deformed infant from the Arkansas research laboratory, christens it Jesus O. Tarbox, and heads for Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Becky, the blessed mother of the child, stuffs cotton in her ears to keep in the celestial music which has run incessantly through her head ever since she was“raped by God.” Duringtheir journey to the promisedland, Ed attempts to hold his family together with games of“Go Fish” (the only card game sanctioned by Christ himself) and with preparations for a big revival meeting where he intends to“baptize” (i.e. drown) the new baby Jesus to atone for the sins of the world. Ed’s holy pilgrimage ends with Becky rescuing the child from the ritual sacrifice as the infant begins to glow with a supernatural radiance. This outrageous mix of satire and surrealism, besides providing a highly theatrical conclusion, demonstrates the persuasive power of blind faith: the Tarbox family’s delusions have become, at least for them, a kind of spiritual reality.
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