“Did you know Jesus was a Rabbi?” is not a typical pick-up line. But how else does “nice Jewish boy” Jason Wexler find common ground with Faith, a devoted Catholic woman? And is there room in the Catechism for good old animal passion?
It takes talent to explore the topic of inter-faith marriage with humor, while granting every facet of the question its due. The play Sex, Faith, and Jason Wexler has talent from top to bottom.
Watching “Jason Wexler” resolve that universal, cultural conflict makes for a very entertaining evening. The characters’ questions and solutions deftly touch on what each of us wrestles with: conviction vs. compromise; need vs. desire. Why submit to a God making unwanted demands? Why is everyone else so unreasonable?
If one man’s religion is another’s “bunk,” why is that bunk so compelling and seductive? On what rock can we stand, certain of our convictions? And if our convictions separate us from those we love, what then?
The play offers no easy answers. Jason’s dilemma resolves most unexpectedly. All ends well.
The beauty of these characters is their lovable humanity. Each could be a friend, or yourself, seeking a truth that puts the world at rest. The cast shines, breathing life into these characters with all their amusing foibles.
Sex, Faith, and Jason Wexler, written and directed by Dan Frischman and produced by Allen Levin and Ariel Cohen plays through April 3rd at the Two Roads Theatre located at 4348 Tujunga Ave. in Studio City. The show is double cast.
For reservations call (800) 838-3006 or online at SexFaithPlay.com.
This review originally appeared in the Tolucan Times on March 4th, 2016.