Chicago Reader - Recommended
"...writers Robert Bouwman and Julia Weiss are funniest when they're putting their own spin on familiar camp tropes. The obligatory rival camp across the lake, for instance, is full of Muslims. A team of five songwriters manages near-perfect parodies of Christian pop and praise songs, supplying titles such as "Whole Lotta Jesus Goin' On" and "Our God Is a Super Cool God.""
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Centerstage - Recommended
"...The songs all have a decent degree of pep, the standout is Brian and Rachel’s duet “Being Christian Makes Me Sad” which inspires genuine tears. The show is also to be commended for its extremely witty dialogue, and very funny background characters. Every camp story has to have a rival camp, in this case some Muslim kids who Donna quite literally seeks to destroy, nicely satirizing the “holy warrior” ethos of the original film."
Chicago Theater Beat - Recommended
"...Whether you’re a follower of the Christian God or one of the many outside His flock, you’ll find Jesus Camp – The Musical to be an entertaining and aurally pleasurable experience. Hopefully the ensemble will do another round of edits after opening weekend to condense the show. Still, even in its current two-hour incarnation, the musical finds a way to skip, step and pirouette into your heart, filling that space where – according to the production – Jesus should be."
Chicago Now - Recommended
"...Under the direction of Sarah Ballema, the ensemble radiates joy. With sixteen cast members in a small space, it’s hard to signal out the savior. Justin Lance (Brian) plays it modest and reserved. Lance nicely contrasts the Jesus fanatics. Michelle McKenzie-Voigt (Donna) is charismatic as the misguided leader. McKenzie-Voigt is hysterical turning ‘worship into warship.‘ With believable physicality, Jonathan Allen lives up to his nickname Polio Matt. The entire cast puts the FUN in fundamentalist!"
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