Songs of joy & praise (for L. Ron Hubbard) - 2006-11-24
Kyle Jarrow, the author of "A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant," is grooving along with this warm, yet somewhat disturbing scene on the sidelines at a rehearsal space in Watertown. He's watching a cast of 8- to 15-year-olds rehearse his script for a Boston Theatre Works production while across the ocean, the world's most famous Scientologist takes wedding vows for a third time. Tom Cruise, for better or worse, may have brought Scientology into the pages of People and Us Weekly. But Jarrow has created a musical about L. Ron Hubbard that is, in its own sardonic way, much more funny and touching than any of Cruise's diatribes against Ritalin. It starts previews at the Boston Center for the Arts tonight.