Black Curtain Theatre: Making God Laugh
By Sean Grennan
September 10 & 11, 2022
As Woody Allen famously quipped, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans”. Such is the inspiration for the comedy Making God Laugh that follows a family over thirty years’ worth of holidays. Starting in 1980, Ruthie and Bill's grown children – a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former star football player – all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. The “empty nest” parents contend with their own changes too, as old family rituals and dubious recipes are trotted out, causing ancient tensions to flare. Over three decades of celebrations – Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Easter – we see how, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations.