Comedy is one of the few art forms that has as much potential to exacerbate political divides as bridge them, and the M.O. of God Help Us! is most certainly the latter. You can experience the three-person comic play during a one-off performance starring Ed Asner, best known to sitcom junkies as newsman Lou Grant and to younger audiences as the voice of crotchety Carl in Pixar’s Up. The veteran actor plays no less than the Almighty, who makes himself known to a couple of TV news pundits that give off serious James Carville-Mary Matalin vibes: They’re on opposite sides of the political aisle, they’re always on the rocks, and they used to be in a relationship. Hopefully the big man upstairs can mend things. The show benefits Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, which recently wrapped up its 2018 season.
Wed, Sept. 12 at 7 pm • $30 • Schuler Performing Arts Center at North Idaho College • 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene • cdasummertheatre.com • 208-660-2958
— Nathan Weinbender