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The Book of Mormon

When: Dec. 29-Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. 2016

THE BOOK OF MORMON

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, DURHAM

TUESDAY, DEC. 29–SUNDAY, JAN. 10

There's no denying that the spectacularly lewd The Book of Mormon caters to our dark side. As the 19-year-old white-bread naïf Kevin Price arrives in northern Uganda as a Mormon missionary with nothing to offer a suffering, war-torn populace besides his overconfidence and his holy book, we're basically hoping for a really big fail. But when his geeky sidekick, Arnold Cunningham, makes a more genuine connection with the people he encounters and starts to morph the scriptures—by way of some of his favorite sci-fi films—to reach out, comfort and affirm them, what co-creator Matt Stone (of South Park fame) has called "an atheist's love letter to religion" makes a salient, unexpected point. Faiths evolve over time; Mormonism's own existence reflects this fact. And that evolution is continuing. We recraft our thoughts on meaning and humanity over time on the basis of what we've learned and experienced—and what we can imagine. It's an interesting moral to find at the heart of one of the more scabrous shows of recent years. 7:30 p.m. Tues.–Thurs.;

8 p.m. Fri.–Sat.; 2 p.m. Sat.; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sun.,

$45–$170, 123 Vivian St., Durham, 919-680-2787,

www.dpacnc.com. —Byron Woods

Price: $50-$130

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