EMAV Review: "Hallelujah," for The Christians at Cockroach Theatre Co.

★★★☆☆ - Satisfying

Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul's church was nothing more than a modest storefront. As his congregation grew, they eventually moved into a gymnasium. Now he presides over a congregation of thousands, in a building large enough to include classrooms for Sunday School, a coffee shop in the lobby, and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool.

All “megachurch” services share one thing in common: They are entertaining. Most use varying degrees of video, contemporary music and drama in their services. One megachurch stated that its goal is to have its services “feel like a concert” -- to whip people into an emotional frenzy. Music is certainly an effective device for accomplishing this goal.