The original Sam Singleton Atheist
Evangelist show is still a crowd favorite
after six years. From a quick de-
construction of the Bible’s main story-
line, to a reminiscence of childhood
terrors among “tongues-speaking,
snake-handling holy rollers from the
Ozarks,” to a merciless dissection of the
role of God in civic life, Patriarchs and
Penises is fascinating, horrifying,
hilarious, and unlike anything before.
100 Minutes with intermission
Brother Sam and his cousin Palmer have
followed widely disparate paths, Sam
becoming an atheist evangelist, Palmer
remaining faithful to their holy roller
upbringing. Palmer is the one member of
the Singleton clan who has stuck by Sam.
And Sam is exasperated that anybody so
smart and decent can be so misguided.
Palmer feels exactly the same way. Their
conversations, as recounted in Cats,
Sheep and Goats: the Taxonomy of
Atheists, Believers and Preachers, are
a fun-house-mirror view of relations
between atheists and believers.
Revival is a satiric enactment of an old-
time revival meeting like Brother Sam
attended as a boy: congregational
singing, testimonies, and a sermon (the
Dill Pickle Award-winning An
Appreciation of Appreciation). The
audience takes part throughout.
75 to 90 minutes
Holy rollers with some funny ideas about
right and wrong, a moonshiner, and one
angry nine-year-old preacher: If the
Ocean was Whiskey and God was a
Duck is Brother Sam's recollection of
the summer he first doubted God.
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