Theater Review: Agnes of God at Palm Beach Dramaworks
In a decade when people spout instant answers to every dilemma, Agnes of God doesn't try to answer anything. Palm Beach Dramaworks' thought-provoking production of John Pielmeier's 1982 play underscores the intrinsic value of questions even when the truth is unknowable. For two hours, science and religion square off over whether Agnes' pregnancy is a precious miracle during an age in which no one believes miracles still occur. Pielmeier's brilliance is to not answer the question with fast-food solutions, but to depict its complexity and the consequences of the potential answers. ...It is high praise that Lowe never strikes a false note. Her wide eyes and quivering lips convincingly communicate transcendence one moment, terror the next. As the more-worldly-than-she-seems mother superior with her own baggage, Bradshaw reminds us that it's been too long since we've seen this master actress. ...Hayes' direction is fluid and insightful. Even better, Hayes hired an Agnes who can sing exquisitely. This is not a minor point: When Lowe's Agnes sings, the audience understands and joins all three characters' hope that God is, in fact, speaking and moving through her.