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Review: 'Most Fabulous Story' is well-told, though irreverent

Late 1990s play is being staged in the 88-seat basement venue at Civic Center Music Hall
BY JOHN BRANDENBURG Published: December 7, 2013

Supporting actors, filling multiple roles, were almost equally memorable, and contributed greatly to the production's ability to cover much of the world's religious history in a little over two hours.

Rodney Brazil was hilarious as a boy-king Pharoah, surprised to learn he isn't God, after all, in the Egyptian scene, and keeping a cool, cynical detachment from everyone else at the second act Christmas party.

Paul Mitchell stole some scenes as a sexy rhinoceros-bartender on the Ark, where people kept getting humorously seasick, and as a Christmas store elf who comes to the party, scantily clad, in act two.

Comically irresistible, too, were Jessica Carabajal as a pig with plastic udders on the Ark, and a Mormon in act two, and Lana Henson as Sharon, a surprisingly still sexy “disabled Lesbian Rabbi” at the party.

An equal opportunity offender of nearly everyone's sacred cows, the lighthearted, wickedly satirical vehicle, directed by Kory M. Kight-Pagala, is recommended, at least to those who know how to take a joke.

It will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 21, and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 15 and 22. Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for seniors, students and members of the military. Call 297-2264 or 626-6605 or go to for information.

John Brandenburg has reviewed art and theater for The Oklahoman for more than 30 years, writing more than 3,000 reviews. Brandenburg received a Governor's Arts Award for his arts coverage in 1997. He has written 15 books of poetry and two short plays that have won awards from theater organizations in the state. As a painter, Brandenburg has shown his artwork in Oklahoma and other states since about 1980.

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