Actor Jim Parsons takes on heavenly role in 'An Act of God'

Fri May 29, 2015 12:24pm EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With two winged angels at his side, actor Jim Parsons assumes a divine role as he reveals another story of the six days of creation and issues a revised version of the Ten Commandments in the new Broadway comedy "An Act of God."

Parsons, a multiple Emmy winner for his role as the nerdy scientist Sheldon Cooper in the hit TV comedy "The Big Bang Theory," is God in the play that opened on Thursday night for a limited run at Studio 54.

God inhabits Parsons' body for the 90-minute minute, one-act comedy based on the book, "The Last Testament: A Memoir by God" by David Javerbaum, the 13-time Emmy-winner and former executive producer and head writer of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," and his Twitter account.

Dressed in a white robe, jeans and sneakers, Parsons sips from a chalice while seated on a white sofa on the celestial set as he explains the mysteries of faith and answers questions about evolution, homosexuality and the Bible.

"Where were you during the Holocaust? Or when they green-lit the last five Adam Sandler movies?" asks Archangel Michael (Christopher Fitzgerald).

A sneering Parsons replies, "I made mankind in my image, and I am an asshole."

The trade journal Variety said the play was tailor-made for Parsons with his "deadpan stare and droll comic delivery," while The New York Times credits the 42-year-old actor for carrying the comedy.

"With his sly smile and sparkly eyes, he delivers the zingers with an easy grace, giving a nice silky consistency to shtick that, in more aggressive hands, might grow oppressive," it added.   Continued...

Actor Jim Parsons poses at the 23rd annual "A Night at Sardi's" benefit for the Alzheimer's Association in Beverly Hills, California March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni