There are two sets of crises in 100 Saints You Should Know, one religious, one sexual. The religious crises are experienced by a priest named Matthew, whos losing his faith, and a cleaning woman named Theresa, whos just beginning to gain hers. The sexual crises involve Matthew again hes discovering that hes gay and that he needs physical intimacy and 16-year-old Garrett, who already knows that hes gay, but is reluctant to out himself. There are two other important characters Abby, Theresas rule-breaking daughter, and Colleen, Matthews dogmatic mother and then there are the two near-nude dancers who, in Kerry Glamschs ambitious staging of the play, punctuate the action with intense slow-motion homoerotic couplings set to music including Gregorian chant.
The ultimate result is mixed: the play is original in its treatment of the ebb and flow of faith, formulaic in its scenes of gay self-actualization, and both spectacular and overly pious sexually pious! in its choreography. Still, author Kate Fodor is unafraid to aim for big game (her previous play was about who else, Martin Heidegger and Hannah Arendt), and on several occasions she scores a direct hit. This may not be a totally successful work of theater, but its provocative and daring. At the very least, itll give you something to talk about.