For the past 10 years or so, CERN laboratories in Switzerland has been in the process of discovering the origin of the universe. Specifically, by developing the Large Hadron Collider, a cavernous device, located about 100 meters underground and circling roughly 30 kilometers. The primary purpose of this machine is to smash two proton beams into each other, which could potentially reveal how the universe was created and where we came from. The downside is the potential formation of a black hole that could destroy the Earth.
Rich Orloff's comedy, The Whole Shebang--part of the Stage Coach Theatre's double feature--isn't quite as scientifically privy (or devastating) as the CERN experiments but the plot is similar. God is working on a science project--the creation of Earth and its inhabitants. The project could go up in smoke at anytime, so God seeks the help of two other nerds in completing the job. Again, the lives of everyday people are put in jeopardy by dorks in lab coats.
In a similar mash up of science and religion, Mitch Albom's play And The Winner Is is the story of egotistical movie star Tyler Johnes, who dreams of winning an Oscar. After finally receiving a nomination, Johnes dies. Pissed off and downtrodden, Johnes pleads with God to let him return to Earth and claim his prize. God obliges and Johnes drags his friends into a whirlwind of comedy.
Thursday, July 22, 7:30 p.m., $12; Friday, July 23-Saturday, July 24, 8:15 p.m. $15; Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 Overland Road, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com.