When God Comes for Breakfast: Don’t Burn the Toast is the final of the four shows I saw on Saturday. The show is produced by Crosswalk Productions.The show asks questions about what it might be like to encounter God.
Location and show times are here.
When God Comes for Breakfast is actually two short plays. The first is called The Appointment. They are held together by the theme of what would you do if you met God
In the first play a man arrives in a waiting room. He is waiting for an appointment with God. As he waits in increasing frustration, other characters arrive. Each new arrival spurs his aggravation. Eventually everyone else leaves, and In the end he is left in the dark still waiting for his appointment.
When God Comes for Breakfast don’t Burn the Toast
The second play opens with a husband and wife winding down at the end of the day. Before they head to bed, the husband casually tells his wife that God is coming for Breakfast the next morning.
Panic ensues. Part of which stems form a feeling of inadequacy. Is anything good enough for God? They try and fail to cancel the appointment. From then on everything that can go wrong does. God shows up, but it’s not who they are expecting. The conversation around the breakfast table is awkward and difficult. Things continue to go wrong until you think the worst thing possible has happened, or has it?
This double-bill asks questions about God that are neither preachy or dismissive. More than that it challenges it’s audiences ideas about God.
I found the play interesting in light of last week’s lectionary reading. The gospel for the last week was Jesus visiting Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42). When God Comes for Breakfast makes a good companion piece for reflection on that gospel.
The casts for both plays are quite strong. In The Apppointment, Jonas Desrosiers as the receptionist/gatekeeper is very funny. As well, Mitch Krohn in particular brings an element of physical humour to Breakfast. Lorraine James brings a quiet dignity to her performance as well. In addition the background music and effects in this play add humour. The scene change bit featuring Morgan Freeman during Breakfast, is hilarious.
This is a play that takes a lighthearted look at what for many is a very serious subject. It’s worth taking the time to go and see it. Who knows, you might be surprised who you meet.