Thom Geier
April 18, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Altar Boyz

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
run date
03/01/05
performer
Ryan Duncan, David Josefsberg
director
Stafford Arima
author
Ken Davenport, Marc Kessler

We gave it a B+

PTL meets TRL in this engaging and surprisingly soft-edged satire, a faux concert by a Christian boy band. ”There’s something about you, babe,” croons buff hearthrob Matthew (Scott Porter) in a clever ode to abstinence, ”that makes me want to wait.” The other Boyz, all well cast, conform to the usual stereotypes: There’s Luke, the hip-hop-leaning lunk just back after treatment for ”exhaustion”; Juan, the ”ethnic” one; Abraham, the token Jew. And as fey blond Mark, whose 11th-hour ”Epiphany” isn’t what it seems, Tyler Maynard proves the biggest violator of the Seventh Commandment for theft of the spotlight. Though Communion-wafer thin, Boyz manages to find the fun in fundamentalism.

B+

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