Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Steve Mathisen has posted a review of Jonah: a miracle play on Goodreads. Check it out here.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Review: Swallowed by a great fish, Gath-hepher man survives.

From a review posted June 3, 2015 By Bill Drissel

"Like the miracle plays of history, Jonah, is written in verse. The English of Jonah reminds me of the King James Bible but Mr. Adams's word choice makes it easy for modern speakers to understand. The play makes Jonah's story much more vivid than just a mere history of his travels."
See Amazon review

Friday, May 8, 2015

Review: A New "Medieval" Play about Jonah

From a review posted May 8, 2015 By Reg Grant
"Bob Adams has done an outstanding job of constructing what he terms a miracle play around the framework of the biblical book of Jonah. The form is iambic decameter, and will remind the reader of medieval mystery plays, though Adams subtitle is, A Miracle Play. The technical distinction between mystery play and miracle play isn't that significant here; however, the informed reader of traditional medieval miracle plays, shouldn't be expecting the intervention of saints' miracles in this text. It's pretty much a straight up retelling of the story of the prophet Jonah from the Bible, and so fits the rudimentary requirements of a mystery play (addressing biblical material), perhaps a bit more accurately. Of course, it does contain a miracle: Jonah being swallowed by a great fish and then disgorged three days later. So, one could make the argument that it is a kind of miracle play. That said, the reader is in for an unexpected treat, as Adams articulates the grammar, the syntax, of medieval Europe. His style is convincing and authentic. One caveat for purists: Adams's script often resembles a bit more Elizabethan than Medieval stylings, though that's a bit of a niggling point. It is a play that invites a chamber performance for an intimate gathering of those who would enjoy the story of Jonah as it would have been experienced in the Middle Ages."
See Amazon review

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

About Jonah: a miracle play

Jonah: a miracle play is a play in verse, written in the tradition of the miracle or mystery plays of late 14th-century England. The many miracle plays were always on Biblical themes and served the same purpose as the public or ceremonial reading of the Bible stories did among the ancient Hebrews: to inform and to bring to life the ancient words. Jonah: a miracle play is presented in this spirit. It is suitable for table reading or presentation in sanctuary or onstage.