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Theater Review: The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder Defines Excellence

Ryan Welsh and Melanie Lora in The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder (Photo: Ed Krieger/Boston Court)
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- by Terry Morgan for LAist

The world premiere of Moby Pomerance’s The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder at Boston Court Performing Arts Center is a rare thing—a new play that is already superb which receives a stunning and satisfying staging. You’d be surprised how infrequently those two things occur simultaneously, but it’s happened here in a felicitous co-production by Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theatre Company.

Pomerance’s writing provides a veritable torrent of wit and erudition that recalls Oscar Wilde in a non-frivolous mode. Director John Langs, well respected for the smart recent history of The Sequence at Boston Court and a revelatory Brothers Karamazov at Circle X, does similar wonders here, getting impressive performances from an outstanding cast. This is exciting, newly forged theater gold, and it’s one of the best plays of the year.