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The Bible Women's Project (FringeNYC)

From 1 critic and 23 member reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Absorbing, Original

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: Rizpah watches her sons rot, Tamar disguises herself as a prostitute, Bathsheba is an innocent victim. Each week contemporary women met and questioned the experiences of forgotten women in the Bible. It was scary to speak. The result was eye-opening. More…

Categories: Drama, Performance Art, National. From Eastern Nazarene College. Written by Tara Brooke Watkins, with contributions from the ensemble. Directed by Tara Brooke Watkins.

This is not your boring, hokey, church drama that re-enacts stories from the Bible. It is a contemporary feminist reinterpretation of stories that show how Christian women's lives have been affected by mistaken teachings, skewed interpretations, or completely ignored stories. This play weaves true accounts of women's stories of abuse, bullying, incest, homosexuality, and other taboo topics in today's church with the stories of women from the Old and New Testament. It uses comedy, drama, dance, music, and drama therapy to voice the concerns of women who feel like even in today's 21st century, they don't have permission to speak.

Theatre is Easy

“Some of the topics are hard to swallow and other topics are hilarious, but the entire show has a powerful message...At almost three hours, the show is on the long side...Certainly provides a new perspective to the unspoken heroines of the Bible...Shines a spotlight on the power and strength of women. The twelve diverse and dynamic actresses on stage bring life to tales that are often forgotten or shoved away." Full Review

Ambitious, Great writing, Intense, Original, Relevant

See it if you are a woman, or know a woman. This is extremely important, brave theatre.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared for a truth marathon. It goes on a little long, but, honestly, even just seeing Act One would be worth it.

Absorbing, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You are a Christian who loves God but struggles with the church. If you're a woman who feels like you can't speak up about trigger issues.

Don't see it if If you're expecting Bible bashing

Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Confusing, A truly original vision with a strong set of statements delivered in an oddly understated fashion

See it if you are interested in how women think about being women or how women think about how the Judeo-Christian tradition has thought about women.

Don't see it if you are looking to just sit back, relax and enjoy the show; you do have to pay attention.

Entertaining, Cliched, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want more out of life.

Don't see it if Your comfortable remaining the same, no growth, wisdom, nor understanding.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want to be challenged to see old stories in a new light.

Don't see it if you need a lot of costumes.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant, Must see

See it if You are a woman. Everyone should like this show.

Don't see it if if you don't care about women and issues they have faced and are presently facing.

Intelligent, Relevant, Must see, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You haven't yet. One chance left! Who would not find this to be relevant? It is clever and powerful and still has laugh-out-loud moments.

Don't see it if You don't care about women's issues or social justice. This is challenging subject matter.

Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, Original, Relevant

See it if you want to better understand the voice of women in the Bible, a voice that generally was silenced.

Don't see it if you're looking for 1) the Bible stories you heard growing up; 2) aren't in it for the long haul (2:45); 3) want an AC theater (very warm)

Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Profound, Relevant, Edgy

See it if You find it delicious to explore depths of the human soul. Men and women have so much to gain from watching! Plus, it's a variation deluge!

Don't see it if You don't like having fun or thinking, or really just being human. Or if you're an alien.

Edgy, Great acting, Honest, Compelling, Thought-provoking

See it if you're willing to think differently about the story behind the Bible story. The characters are real people who lived in a real time & place.

Don't see it if your mind is closed to new ways of looking at the Bible.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You feel like you are alone in your feelings or that there is no one that understands you.

Don't see it if you don't care about what a woman has to say

Ambitious, Profound, Quirky, Absorbing, Original

See it if This show is captivating. I find myself still thinking about it a year later. I brought my 13yo son and he is dying to see it again.

Don't see it if you have Marge Simpson's hair and would ruin the show for those behind you. That is the only reason I could think of.

Funny, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Original, Intense

See it if you are seeking a feminist/humanist critique of classic literature, the sacred, and culture in a funny and profound way.

Don't see it if you are a conservative unwilling to have your worldview/life altered in any meaningful way in the face of brilliantly executed truth.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in seeing a different side of faith. This is an insightful view into the unknown side of Christianity.

Don't see it if You have sensitivities around topics of assault. Potential trigger warning.

Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Original

See it if This is a show that everyone needs to see, don't be turned away by the religious name! It deals with many important issues of today.

Don't see it if This show deals with a lot of heavy and dark content, don't see it if you can't handle that. But honestly I think everyone should go see it.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound, Original, Intense

See it if You are interested in hearing stories of the women of the bible being told from the perspective of women today. This show encourages women.

Don't see it if You have trouble paying attention. There is a lot of information so you do have to pay a good deal of attention to each story.

Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see

See it if You want to be inspired by a beautiful group of women taking a look at their lives, experiences, perspectives through faith, humor, and love

Don't see it if you're not interested in the wide varieties of perspectives within the Christian faith, and are expecting the women to reject their faith.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you haven't considered implications of women's themes in the Bible in relationship to treatment of women then and now.

Don't see it if don't want your common thoughts about Bible stories disturbed.

Thought-provoking, Profound, Intense, Relevant, Original

See it if You are ready to experience history, faith, and the riveting things that have happened to women within both contexts: light and darkness

Don't see it if You aren't open to the realities and relevant nature of the stories of Old/New Testament women. There is truly an element of faith involved

Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're looking for safe space... Retells, reacts to biblical narratives and handles faith/doubt with sincerity and vulnerability

Don't see it if you already have all the answers

Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Excruciating

See it if You care about current issues and seeing them in a new light. See it if you want to be brought into a world that you may know little about.

Don't see it if You are bringing young children.

Original, Profound, Entertaining, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You are a Christian seeking dialogue. Having said that, I am not a Christian and I was deeply moved by many moments in the show.

Don't see it if You just want some uncomplicated fun...although there are many funny moments in the show as well.

Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Relevant, Masterful

See it if You are or have been a Christian woman who looks for connections between bible women and the women of today. Engaging and moving.

Don't see it if You are not open to Christian themes.