If you are in Dublin tonight and at a loose end (because for some reason you won’t be listening to the musical stylings of Deborah Byrne at the Xpresso Arts Festival) then I can only encourage you in the strongest terms possible to get your ass down to the Project Arts theatre to see the last night of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.
Wife-unit and I saw it last night and I think she put it well. “That was the finest piece of Christian art I have ever seen”. It was exhilarating. Written in 2005 by Stephen Adly Guirgis it was directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and starred Sam Rockwell as Judas. The cast and crew behind the Dublin production lack such sterling celebrity but the performance is admirable throughout and in places, remarkable. The scene is a courtroom in purgatory. Which looks and feels and sounds like contemporary New York. And the trial is the appeal of Judas Iscariot.
The play is long. But the final scene, involving the monologue of a man who isn’t sure he is dead, a cleaner who refuses to leave and the man who betrayed God is well, possibly the most important thing you’ll ever see.
Your Correspondent, Failed to do this play justice.