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Fear and Trembling: A Review of The Harvest at Griffin Theatre Company | Newcity Stage
RECOMMENDED Samuel D. Hunter invites his audience to a conversation about gatherings of souls in "The Harvest," which concludes the thirtieth-anniversary season at Griffin Theatre Company. In an evangelical church with a decidedly Pentecostal bent in southeastern Idaho, we meet a group of young penitents as they prepare a mission to the Middle East, bringing their one true light to a world they have been taught is in deep need of their message, and, if approached with the right rhetoric, are ready to receive it in communion. As they study vocabulary with which to more readily inculcate those they are being sent to gather, we learn that they are gathered, having been found easy prey when they were lost to themselves, grasping for emotional and social mooring. Hunter's magic is to humanize each of his scarred individuals, allowing us to see their side of an argument that many theatergoers might otherwise shut out. Director Jonathan Berry's cast rises to this fulfilling challenge,