Imagine the Biblical tale of the birth of Jesus transposed to contemporary times—the age of Twitter, Facebook, and trash TV.
That’s exactly what comedy writer Jocelyn Potter has done with “Bible Versus—Virgin Mary vs God.” Combining the pithy humor of the Borowitz Report, the irreverence of “Family Guy,” and the voyeuristic sensationalism of the Jerry Springer Show, Potter turns the Virgin Birth story into a tawdry series told in multiple Web-friendly one-page segments.
Abandoned by her son’s Heavenly Father, Mary enlists the aid of hotshot attorney Lucy Ferr, who has God hauled into court as a deadbeat dad. Not only will He have to cough up eternal support for child and mother—He’ll have to prove His abilities as a miracle worker to an army of disbelieving scientists, and to the mother of His Son, who imagines that her pregnancy may be the result of some sort of cosmic one night stand.
The outcome doesn’t look good for the Supreme Being. Nor is there guaranteed victory in Mary’s day in court. Will justice prevail? Will Mary live comfortably ever after or wind up struggling to survive like so many other single moms? With disarming simplicity and razor-sharp wit, “Bible Versus” promises that all will be revealed.