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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Broadway Play About Hero Who Is … Catholic!

One of my favorite things to do each week is attend our "Lunch with Luke" Bible Study: a wonderful bunch of God-seeking friends who pour over the Bible and the Catechism and listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Invariably, we get sidetracked and end up someplace else other than the lesson. Perhaps these divinely-directed detours are exactly where we're supposed to be, but I digress! Yesterday was no exception. We ended up in conversation about the new Broadway Play about Irene Gut Opdyke who, at the time of the play’s World War II’s setting, was a pretty 19-year-old blond Polish Roman Catholic to whom fate (she would say God) gave the opportunity to save 12 Jews in, of all places, the home of the highest-ranking German officer in a Polish city. Ultimately discovered by the Nazi officer, she was offered the choice of becoming the elderly Nazi’s mistress or the Jews all being sent to death camps.

In Dennis Prager's own words:
It is rare to see a play on Broadway that is preoccupied with goodness. It is even more rare to see Broadway play extol the goodness of a religious person. When was the last Broadway show about a Christian hero? In this upside-down age that is hypersensitive to any criticism, no matter how fair, of any aspect of Islam but which regularly depicts many American Christians as buffoons and quasi-fascists, one can only hope that this play has a long run. Likewise, in an age when art increasingly celebrates the ugly and the bad, one can only hope that a million young people see a play that celebrates the goodness that God-based morality can produce.

So if you're headed off to NY in the near future, make sure you go see the play. Wouldn't it be great if someone could turn this into a movie?
Ah, but I digress.

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