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Paradise Lost

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Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing

About the show

Tom Dulack’s "Paradise Lost" is a fast-paced, witty, and accessible modern retelling of John Milton’s classic story of Good vs. Evil. More…

From the show:

After leading a rebellion of angels, Lucifer, has been banished from heaven. Now, beaten, vindictive and furious, Lucifer plots his revenge. He turns his eye to the Creator’s new world, a Paradise inhabited by creatures – male and female – made in his image. Adam and Eve have dominion over this garden of delight where they live in joy and happiness. Amidst all this bliss, is but one prohibition – they must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Lucifer and his minions Beelzebub and Sin sneak past Gabriel and his army of Angels undetected, to launch his plot. Targeting Eve, Lucifer charms her into believing that disobeying God is the way to an even greater Paradise with even more power, joy, and happiness. The rest is history.

John Milton explored Lucifer’s motivation in great detail, but what motivated Eve? This contemporary retelling of Paradise Lost asks the challenging question – Given all that Eve had, why did she fall so easily? And would we have responded any differently?


Member Reviews (32)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing
69
Avg Score

69
Funny, Nice sets/costumes, Uneven, Entertaining

See it if this is a very nice adaptation of the original and retelling of the Adam & Eve story.

Don't see it if The play starts with a plot that is developed throughout but completely ignored & dropped at the end. Why? What happened with those people?

Also Fraser is wonderful as always!

65
Funny, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in the Adam&Eve story. Most of the dialog was very modern and sometimes funny. Alison Fraiser & Eve were great!

Don't see it if The subject matter doesn't interest you. It could be 20min shorter, the first scene in particular felt way too long.

75
Funny, Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

See it if Louis Liberatore and allison Fraser were very good. Very good set and generally entertaining.

Don't see it if If you do not like modern plays. This Milton is a modern,but good version.

82
Refreshing, Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like hilarity applied to a Bible story -here great costumes and a changing, partially-projected set let a great troupe of actors shine.

Don't see it if you do not like humor in your religious stories or expect anything close to John Milton's poem - this is a creative adaptation.

81
Studied, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Romantic

See it if Studied refresher course of Milton's Adam & Eve meet-up poem of polarities. "Boundless love & magnanimosity." Shay's Queen Eve is masterful.

Don't see it if "Hideous miscreant!" Safe for feminists: "I'm claiming an UNFAIR superiority on you." No serpent. Great set w/ fireflies. Alison/Lou wasted.

Also "Why have I not ascended?/We've all changed, Sweetness & Light"

79
Quirky, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if The Old Testament with a touch Jesus added.

Don't see it if If religion/myth/mankind is not your thing.

Also Base/taken/inspired on John Milton Classic from 1667.

81
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like a clever and funny look at Lucifer in the Garden of Eden. Wonderful and attractive set with very good actors. Alison Fraser a hoot!

Don't see it if you don't like humor poked at the Old Testament although this is gentle humor not Book of Mormon.

14
Slow, Excruciating

See it if Some of the cast have Broadway credentials

Don't see it if 1hr45min of one dimensional acting. Extremely slow paced. Very talky. Cheap scenery.

69
Slow and tedious, Great set and lighting

See it if Want modern retelling of epic poem that works very hard to be clever and relevant. Projections are great.

Don't see it if You'd get irritated that it's ALL about Eve (altho Shay is good). There's some nice staging, costumes work, a few good bits.

69
Almost but not quite good storytelling

See it if You appreciate the cast and a trying to be funny and profound take on Adam and Eve.

Don't see it if You want a good new version of the story.

70
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you would enjoy a novel approach to the Adam and Eve story, with some delightful performances, even if you're not familiar with Milton.

Don't see it if you are a politically correct feminist; this version will irritate you, and the delicious Eve of Marina Shay is the best thing about it.

Also The character of "Sin" played by Alison Fraser didn't work for me at a... Read more Read less

90
Great staging, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny

See it if you enjoy a light hearted poke at a Biblical story as told by Melville and re-imagined for 2020. Funny and timely. Great set! Wonderful cast

Don't see it if You dislike intimate theater or don't believe that Bible stories should be made fun of. You can't take theater with a "grain of salt".

Also Original Sin takes a beating in The Fellowship for Performing Art's Pa... Read more Read less

60
Refreshing, Funny, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You like to think about religion and themes of good/evil and human nature

Don't see it if You are expecting a line by line reading of the Milton classic. Poking fun of biblical characters is not your speed

75
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You would enjoy a comical modern version of the story of creation with mention of Jesus included.

Don't see it if You wouldn’t enjoy a religious themed farce.

Also The staging was quite clever and the show entertaining and funny. I wi... Read more Read less

79
Brave, Entertaining, Cliched, Clever, Ambitious

See it if if you appreciate the task of condensing Milton & the Creation story into 100 mins. If you are open-minded about religion, myth & mankind.

Don't see it if if you can't take some modern-day elements in this version; if you want no deviation from original Milton or the Bible

65
Clever, Indulgent, Entertaining, Funny, Cliched

See it if you want to see the Bible origin story reinterpreted for a contemporary audience.

Don't see it if are looking for a new story. This follows Milton's Paradise Lost Epic poem story-line.

68
Banal, Innocent, Well-meaning, Simplified, Accessible

See it if if you want a wholsome, well-meaning accessible adaptation of Paradise Lost

Don't see it if you are interested in ambitious theatre

88
Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if A very interesting and easily understood version of the Milton poem. Good acting. Not in verse. Good production values for little theater

Don't see it if Not interested in Adam and Eve story.

60
Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you like the Adam & Eve story, Milton's poetry and elaborately staged and costumed Biblical romps that are more recited than acted.

Don't see it if you're looking for a complete modernization of Milton's poem. Only two of the actors create modern types. The rest are blandly traditional.

80
Ambitious, Quirky, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you're interested in the big question of good and evil as well as the role of free will. It will make you think about life and its meaning.

Don't see it if you are offended by religion.

46
Excruciating, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if You want a very simple tale

Don't see it if You actually like Paradise lost

72
Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if you'd enjoy an easy, almost satirical version of a famously impenetrable classic.

Don't see it if you'd rather see the story dished up as the serious, epochal struggle between good, innocence, decadence and evil in the original.

75
Interesting, Slow, Disjointed, Great costumes

See it if Interesting retelling of Adam and Eve story from christian perspective, with only a bit of Milton thrown in on the side.

Don't see it if Costumes and projections are beautiful but the set itself looks quite cheap. Has two plots but only one of them gets a real ending.

Also Not very tight, a number of scenes drag considerably. According to the... Read more Read less

45
Poor acting, Boring, Weird, Disappointing

See it if You like religious plays even if they aren’t well done.

Don't see it if You expect a play that is well performed and captures your attention.

Also I enjoy religious plays. I attend all of the performances that this co... Read more Read less

27
Insipid, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if You love bible stories that stick to everything you’ve been told. It won’t disappoint.

Don't see it if You want to be challenged by an articulate interpretation of a classic story.


January 28th, 2020
"Tom Dulack's play is more like the Classics Illustrated version, abridging the action of the original and ramming home its points with the insistence of a Sunday school teacher."
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January 27th, 2020
"Fellowship for Performing Arts has given 'Paradise Lost' a first-rate physical production but unfortunately the script lacks any new wrinkles to engage our interest. Milton may have been the initial inspiration but not much of his masterpiece is left in this 21st century dramatization."
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January 25th, 2020
"'Paradise Lost' diminishes its source material with its reductionist ploys. While it has its moments of sweetness, it can't avoid wading in theological puddles. Ultimately, the resulting blend of humor, poetry, and rhetoric is insufficiently appealing to justify the play's distortions."
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