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To and From on the Earth

Comedy
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To and From on the Earth

By Mirror Maker Productions

Written by Rob Gelberg



Two old friends meet up for coffee, as they've been doing for thousands of years, to discuss life and death, heaven and hell, good and evil, coffee and tea.The discussion quickly becomes an argument...

Comedy

Satire

Just so you know, this show has
Adult language

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12 and up

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And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and from on the earth, and from walking up and down on it. -Job 1:7


God and Satan walk into a coffee shop. Call it a business meeting.

For more information, contact Rob Gelberg at rgelberg@macalester.edu.

Cast + crew

Alana Horton
Role: Man 1
Alana Horton, from Northampton, MA, is a rising junior and a Theatre/English double major at Macalester College in St. Paul. She most recently appeared as Penny in Like Meat Love Salt, part of the Eat Street Players' Fresh Bites one act festival; other previous roles include Tiresias in Antigone, various roles in The Laramie Project, Vera in A Month in the Country and Marilla in Anne of Green Gables.

Rob Gelberg
Role: Man 2
Rob Gelberg from North Calwell, NJ is currently a junior at Macalester College. A previous incarnation of To and From took first place in the NJ Young Playwrights Competition, and his political comedy Blanketgate was a semifinalist in the Next Generation Playwriting contest. Past roles include Jerry in The Zoo Story, various roles in The Laramie Project, and Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Evan Anderson
Role: Stage Manager
Evan Anderson was born. Then he discovered a love of lights and saying, "stand by." He hasn't died yet.

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User reviews

I like coffee
by David Bekkerus
Rating 4 stars
I saw the final showing on the 11th. I liked the concept of the show very much, a conversation between god and the devil over coffee. It was always on the verge of making me laugh. There were several lines that were very good. Long anger filled ranting monologues of the devil, and opposing argument by the god character.

The one area that might have helped would have been better audience participation. Maybe they should have had a third actor in the audience but I managed to request a packet of raw sugar.

There are a few things I would tweak (maybe the devil on strike or maybe one that is mimicking god acting super good and annoying god) but overall it was well done.

A Divine Comedy
by Maxray Savage
Rating 5 stars
The most powerful narratives take abstract concepts and humanize them and allow them to discussed. I loved how this play took ideas that too often get spun out into iron-clad tales of superhuman beings and made two very human characters. The problem is that there isn't much to say, each (god and the devil), are committed to their own color so to speak. This is uncomfortable because humans are social animals. When we see two people who cannot understand each other, we hope to find a way to bridge the gap. The somewhat minimal production paired with the attention to detail and pacing all make this play a unique statement well worth seeing.

Skip it
by Colin Ernst
Rating 2 stars
This was pretty bad. Way too much sitting in silence. Way too little activity. It was basically a 45 minute rant against religion. I don't even like religion but found this obnoxiously ideological without nearly enough humor to even label it as decent satire.

There are too many good shows at Fringe this year to bother with this one.

Worth it
by Nick Wolf
Rating 3 stars
The concept is a little cliche but Gelberg's dialogue certainly makes this show worth watching. I'm not sure who directed this piece, if it was Gelberg or Horton or a group effort but whoever it was did a good job of making a scene with two people sitting at a table interesting to watch. Horton was wonderful to watch and held a lot of power in her subtle performance. The only downfall to this show was Gelberg as Man 2. It is unfortunate because he wrote such great lines but it was hard to listen to him talk at Horton and the audience rather than to us. That combined with over active facial expressions projecting his every thought when he wasn't speaking made me wish someone had just told him not to try so hard. Overall I enjoyed the show.

I like coffee, I like tea
by Paula Nancarrow
Rating 5 stars
I liked the chemistry between Rob Gelberg and Alana Horton; The play was well-rehearsed and both actors sounded natural and comfortable in their roles. It seems odd for God to refers to “mankind” as if this were a gender neutral term and then correct the Devil for political incorrectness when he refers to a server as a waitress. Predestination and free will is a conundrum. I get the Devil’s frustration; as usual in these things, he’s more interesting than God. And yet. There is a moment in C. S. Lewis’ Perelandra where the Devil is robotically pulling the legs off of frogs. It’s a way of demonstrating the essential inanity of evil. I was reminded of that scene – though more comically – in the final coffee-drinking moment of this play.

This is why I go to Fringe
by Jeb Hagan
Rating 5 stars
Think Samuel Beckett meets Kevin Smith if you need some approximation of the existential absurdism, irreverent humor, and food for thought in this show.

A real gem
by Debra Weaver
Rating 5 stars
Laugh out loud funny! Provocative, slightly profane, but ultimately good for the soul, this show puts a new twist on the ancient debate between good and evil. Both the performers have great comic timing and the dialog clips along at a brisk pace. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Deb Weaver

religious follies
by Mark Krug
Rating 4 stars
Satirical, wit, and, unfortunately, a bit wanting at times, look at religion, human fraility, and the questions of life. Starts slowly but be patient and you will be rewarded with thought provoking dialogue and situations. One off-putting tendency was to consistently refer to God's character as "he" even though it is played by a woman. If they were truly intent upon tweaking modern religion's nose, to acknowledge the gender of the character would have been very appropriate.

funny stuff
by Olivia Starkie
Rating 4 stars
Funny and brainy satire about religion. Probably not the best show to go to if you're really offended by jokes about God and Jesus Christ, but don't be dissuaded--this isn't just a play about the (possible) follies of religion, it's also an interesting and ultimately intellectual contemplation of God, the devil, what what belief in those two entities could and does mean. Though there are some points when the monologues can seem a bit dragged out, the comic timing is spot-on, with Rob Gelberg as an especially funny and intriguing devil. This play is worth seeing for his pouting, brooding and maniacal laughter alone.

Schedule

Thursday, 8/27:00 p.m.
Friday, 8/35:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8/44:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 8/78:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8/114:00 p.m.

Venue

HUGE Theater venue information
3037 Lyndale Ave. S