The Eternal Vaudeville of the Spiritual Mind

Review on "HORIZON" at New York Theatre Workshop

The New York Times
By Ben Brantley
June 6, 2007

 From left, David Barlow, Rinde Eckert and Howard Swain in the New York Theater Workshop production of "Horizon." CreditCarol Rosegg

From left, David Barlow, Rinde Eckert and Howard Swain in the New York Theater Workshop production of "Horizon." CreditCarol Rosegg

God is in the curriculum in the lively lecture hall that has been made of the New York Theater Workshop, where Rinde Eckert’s “Horizon” opened last night. But even the fiercest secularist should find pleasure in this engaging performance piece, which is set in the seminary-without-walls of one man’s mind.

The furnishings of that mind will look familiar to anyone with a glancing knowledge of Christian philosophy in the 20th century. “Horizon,” directed by David Schweizer, is Mr. Eckert’s homage in song, sketch and rumination to Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971), generally acknowledged as the most influential American theologian of his time...