'Cotton Patch Gospel' is based on a 1971 retelling of the Gospel of Matthew by Clarence Jordan, with music by singer-songwriter Harry Chapin written just before his death in a car accident in 1981. Excellent singing by the 10 cast members sustains the two-act revival meeting from start to finish with updated versions of familiar Bible parables. Joshua Steele shows off his fine voice and acting talents as Jesus, and Max Chernin is Matthew, the show's affable narrator.
'Singin' in the Rain,' presented at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, is a true tribute to the classic film. Matt Dentino and Dan Doerger (pictured) could have been plucked from the movie. Doerger is especially a key component, keeping the comedic undertones noticeable.