Church Basement Roadshow review

June 21, 2008



The revivalists

I fumbled with my words when inviting people to the Church Basement Roadshow, because even as the local organizer, I had little idea of what to expect. But having seen it last night — how do I describe it? I think I have to fall back on Doctor Dolittle: “You’ve never seen anything like it in your life!”

Honestly, that video matches the feel of the show. It’s old-timey. It’s zany. It’s also deeply meaningful. The show clips along and does not stay in any one place for very long.

Since it is hard to describe what the show is like, parents will ask, should I bring the kids? If they are teenagers, definitely. Even pre-teens will enjoy it, as long as you don’t mind them hearing Mark toning down two quotes to (literally) “effed” and “effing”, and references to drug use in a quite negative light.

It’s fun for whole family — bring grandma, too! I don’t know how to say it without sounding like I am exaggerating. Find a show near you and go. How can anything be so much fun, and so meaningful, at the same time? I’ve never seen anything like it in my life!



Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.