Profiles is off to a roaring start for their 25th Anniversary Season. We highly recommend In God's Hat. Somehow playwright Rhett Rossi has managed to blur the lines between victim and victimizer to create a hilarious, thought provoking, and cringe inducing dark comedy. I don't know whether the emphasis should fall more on dark or comedy because he manages to merge the most reprehensible members of society... little boy child molesters and God fearing, Aryan Nation white supremacists into one wickedly funny production.
Though there are a fare share of cringe inducing flashback monologues and sick ideological rants, this show is truly funny throughout. We enjoyed the multifaceted characters who had sympathetic elements despite their gaping character flaws. In God's Hat is a compelling look at extreme ideologies, and what humans do to survive unbearable situations. There are myriad contradictions in every one of these complex human beings, and In God's Hat has enough drama and plot twists to keep you guessing.
The tension, stage combat, and delivery do justice to this outstanding script and Roy, Mitch and Arthur were disturbingly possible. I'd love to see Early step up the psychotic a bit as the run progresses. He needs to ride that creepy menace with just a veneer of polite. Early was just a bit too affable, but Arthur pulled off the crazy with panache.
John Victor Allen, Darrell W. Cox Larry Neumann, Jr.
This is absolutely a mature audiences only show. Leave the kids at home for this one.
After performing at 4147 North Broadway for more than two decades, Profiles acquired an adjacent theatre at 4139 North Broadway in 2012. Profiles’ new theatre, The Main Stage, with its larger seating capacity, increased performance space and higher ceilings, accommodates more ambitious and technically demanding productions. Their long-time venue, renamed The Alley Stage, continues as the home for plays strengthened by a more intimate staging. Driven by an undiminished appetite for creating honest and resonant theatre, Profiles still seeks to present work that illuminates the determination and resiliency of the human spirit.