It was either the Menendez case or the OJ Simpson case or maybe Col. Mustard in the atrium with the bookcase that officially wore out the cliché "trial of the century." Sure, they were all high-profile proceedings with big names and scandalous details, but all of them are out-watted in terms of star-power and scandal by HotCity Theatre's The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Stephen Adly Guirgis' off-Broadway phenomenon tackles the case of the man who gave betrayal a name and a price. Judas is trapped in Purgatory, attempting to appeal his way out of what stands to be a stiff sentence. Things are, as you might imagine, going poorly for him. Pontius Pilate is a character witness, but he's invoking the Fifth Amendment; Satan is more than happy to testify on Judas' behalf, however. Right, when Satan is your character witness, that's when you have a chance. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is the courtroom procedural where Scripture is evidence, pleas are couched in modern slang, and the surprise witness is infallible but is he really big on the prosecution of any soul? It's the trial of two-plus millennia, and tickets are only $15 to $20! HotCity presents The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 7 p.m. Sunday (September 7 through 23) at the ArtLoft Theatre (1529 Washington Avenue; 314-289-4063 or www.hotcitytheatre.org).
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 7. Continues through Sept. 23