The Book of Mormon

It’s no surprise that a Broadway show put together by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, includes a song with the lyrics “fuck you, God” (“Hasa Diga Eebowai”). That’s just one of the irreverent, outrageous moments in the musical The Book of Mormon, a cheerful send-up of religion. The action follows Elder Price (Ryan Bondy) and Elder Cunningham (Chad Burris), two Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda to convert villagers. Their efforts are hampered by the fact that the villagers have other things to worry about, including famine, AIDS, and a paranoid, woman-hating warlord. The fact that only Elder Price has bothered to actually read the Book of Mormon doesn’t help (Elder Cunningham’s version of the Latter-day Saints story sounds suspiciously like a mash-up of several sci-fi film plots).

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through February 8. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 800‑952‑6560 or visit houston.broadway.com. $50 to $150.
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Olivia Flores Alvarez