As the curtain rises in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s “Our Lady of 121st Street,” a pantless man exclaims, “What kinda [expletive] world is this?” That sensational line established Guirgis as one of the most exciting voices of his generation when the play opened in 2002, and in 2020 it’s a question we might find ourselves repeating on a daily basis.
On Saturday, members of the original Off Broadway cast will reunite for an online reading of “Our Lady” to raise funds for the Labyrinth Theater Company, where Guirgis made his mark as an actor and co-artistic director. The performance will be streamed live on the company’s website at 8 p.m. Eastern time and will remain available for 24 hours.
Guirgis won the Pulitzer Prize for “Between Riverside and Crazy,” and his ability to combine take-no-prisoners social commentary with screwball humor is never better than in “Our Lady,” which features a motley crew gathered to pay their respects to their late teacher, the terrifying Sister Rose, whose body has been stolen.
Elizabeth Rodríguez directs the all-star cast, which includes Liza Colón-Zayas from the original production, as well as Bobby Cannavale and Laurence Fishburne. With this bittersweet farce,