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The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told

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Paul Rudnick

Published by Dramatists Play Service

4 Male 5 Female

A stage manager, headset and prompt book at hand, brings the house lights to half, then dark, and cues the creation of the world

Throughout the play, she's in control of everything

In other words, she's either God, or she thinks she is

Act One recounts the major episodes of the Old Testament, only with a twist - instead of Adam and Eve, our lead characters are Adam and Steve, and Jane and Mabel, a lesbian couple with whom they decide to start civilization (procreation proves to be a provocative challenge)

Act One covers the Garden of Eden, an ark, a visit with a highly rambunctious Pharaol and finally even the Nativity

Along the way, Mabel and Adam invent God, but Jane and Steve are skeptical

This brings about the Flood, during which Steve has a brief affair with a rhinoceros and invents infidelity

No longer blissful, Adam and Steve break up only to be reunited as two of the wise men at the Nativity

Act Two jumps to modern day Manhattan

Adam and Steve are together again, and Steve is HIV positive

It's Christmas Eve, and Jane is nine months pregnant even though she always thought of herself as the butch one

The two women want to marry and want Adam and Steve to join them in the ceremony

A wheelchair-bound, Jewish lesbian Rabbi from cable access TV arrives to officiate

The ceremony is interrupted as Jane gives birth, and Steve confides to Adam that his medication isn't working and that he'll probably not survive much longer

Bound by their long life together, and the miracle of birth they've just witnessed, the two men comfort each other even though they know their remaining time together will be short

"Line by line, Mr. Rudnick may be the funniest writer for the stage in the United States today...One-liners, epigrams, withering put-downs and flashing repartee: These are the candles that Mr. Rudnick lights instead of cursing the darkness, although he does a lot of cursing, too...a testament to the virtues of laughing...and in laughter, there is something like the memory of Eden" - NY Times

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