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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    Closing:
    January 1, 2009

    Theater: Vineyard Theatre / 108 East 15th Street, New York, NY, 10003

    Synopsis: 

    Written by Steven Cosson and Jim Lewis, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, This Beautiful City explores the growth of the evangelical Christian movement. It is docu-drama in nature, drawn principally from interviews The Civilians have conducted with people involved with or affected by the mega-church movement in Colorado Springs.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF this beautiful city

    In a Transformed City, Falling in and Out of Grace

    CHARLES ISHERWOOD

    February 23, 2009: The glazed, slightly crazed smile of Ted Haggard, the leader of a megachurch in Colorado who was ousted in a jiffy after a sex and drugs scandal, makes a cameo appearance in “This Beautiful City,” the latest work of cultural anthropology from the Civilians, which opened Sunday night at the Vineyard Theater. But Pastor Ted’s supersize fall from grace is a story no stranger than many others in this engaging, inquisitive and evenhanded work of theater about the transformation of an American city and many American lives.

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