In a genre not known for its subtlety, this musical stayed away from stereotypes, portraying its two missionary heroes as deeply earnest, deeply flawed, and often deeply conflicted about their own beliefs.
The production is hardly a surprise attack by the nose-thumbing partners. It could be said they're going after Christianity as a whole with the appearance of a slang-spouting Jesus in a lustrous blond wig.
What's the deal with the puppets? Puppets, like cartoons, used to be for kids. But these days, they're more often conduits for high-brow visual lyricism. Clearly, we in New York are having a puppet moment.