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Throne Life is a 90-minute electronic musical that leans so heavily on Bible references and conversations with God, you might wonder if you’ve wandered into an avant-garde evangelist sermon. That dynamic makes this one-man show, written and performed by Lockport’s James Van Heyst, profoundly uncomfortable.
There are many legitimate theatrical critiques you could make about this play. The pacing was too slow, the runtime should have been cut in half, the plot barely existed and the dialogue was choppy. Even the slightest amount of artistic direction could have dramatically improved this work.
But even if all that were addressed, the show cannot overcome its proselytizing and preachy themes. While fringe is a venue to push artistic boundaries and explore a wide range of topics including religion, Throne Life spends far too much time in what feels like heavy-handedly trying to convert the audience. It’s an alienating experience, and feels closer to missionary evangelization than actual religious theatre.