Purity Ball: The Musical takes a lighthearted look at the somewhat creepy world of evangelical purity balls - ceremonies in which young girls symbolically entrust their virginity to their fathers for safekeeping until marriage. The humorous play, written by Molly Miller with music by Brad Kemp, follows Isabel, a devout Christian teen who's tempted to have sex right before the Colorado Springs annual Purity Ball. As the big event approaches, Isabel finds she must explore her faith, her virginity and her self worth -- and learns that ultimately she and only she is in charge of her body.
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended
"...In this musical by Brad Kemp and Molly Miller there’s incest, embezzlement, a lousy first love, and a saintly, adopted, gay older brother (played by Alex Garday with enthusiasm matching Rooney’s) to show Isabel life in all its contradictory splendor. But every character is such an on-the-nose grotesque that it's difficult to take Purity Ball seriously as the send-up of religious intolerance it aspires to be. Director Tiffani Swalley lets Rooney belt out the best numbers, which she does with abandon."
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