Sometimes a composition arrives that is so funny, yet so poignant, that its place in the anthology of dramatic literature is secure. And although playwright Neil Simon's "God's Favorite" is one of his lesser known pieces, those who see it -- especially viewers from rural, small towns -- often regard it as the most important live theater experience they've ever had.
A modern-day version of the life of Job, as told in the Old Testament, is the plot of the play. It is a challenge to see much humor in Job's experiences , but the acting ensemble of Heber's own "12 Baywood" theater is more than up to the task. Most of the cast performed with the former Heber Theater, the organization whose plays provided support for local charities. "12 Baywood" has continued in that role; Breakin' Bread, the local free-meal provider, will receive any donations (there is no admission fee) given by the audiences.
The performances are set for April 20, 21, and 22 at 7 p.m. and April 23 at 2 p.m. Music and refreshments begin thirty minutes earlier. By special arrangement with Samuel French Company, royalties have been waived for this non-profit, limited seating presentation. Reservations are required. For information, call 206 6868, 365 3624 or 270 1450.
Due to popular demand, 12 Baywood is adding two additional performances on April 27 & 28, both at 7 p.m.