The world is divided into two distinct groups: Those offended by The Book of Mormon and those still laughing at the jokes days or even weeks later.
If you're still not sure where you belong, consider:
• "F-You, Heavenly Father?! Holy, moley! I said it like 13 times!"
• "I know you're really depressed, what with all your AIDS and everything."
• "I can't believe Jesus called me a dick!"
• "I have maggots in my scrotum!"
I'm laughing as I type these, and you'll have to trust that they're even funnier when sung on stage than read off a computer screen.
With Mormons in the cross hairs, Trey Parker and Matt Stone (the creators of South Park) are unrelenting. They skewer from every angle. They know God has a plan, and one of their stars believes "that plan involves me getting my own planet."
Stone and Parker have made a career (and millions) off vulgarity and sacrilege. They've pushed the line so far that most of the crowd at the Times-Union Center on Wednesday night — with a median age likely in the late 40s or 50s — was laughing far too hard to be offended. There's certainly a subset of Jacksonvillians who might find this offensive, but they aren't the type of crowd to spend $122 a seat to take a chance.
The stars of The Book of Mormon, David Larsen (as Elder Price) and Cody Jamison Strand (as Elder Cunningham), are a revelation. They're a classic oddball pair sent off to a village in Uganda to convert the locals while trying to avoid tribal warlord General Butt-Fucking Naked.
Elder Price's high-energy narcissism could easily go over the top in less skilled hands. Here, Larsen nails it.
That gives Strand the chance to "Man Up" as Elder Cunningham. By then, he's easily won over the crowd, going from the awkward weirdo who's just looking for the Type-A Price to be his best friend to a plucky hero ready to share the Book of Mormon, even if he hasn't read it.
Stone, Parker and Robert Lopez weave … More