“Good mornin', ma'am. Are you saved?”
That question, delivered by a newly minted Christian proselytizer to an elderly devout Catholic, opens a seriocomic theological can of worms in “The Savannah Disputation” at the Colony Theatre in Burbank.
In the Los Angeles premiere of Evan Harris' humorous and thought-provoking exploration of faith and the underlying complexities of human need that fuels it, Melissa is a young woman with a mission: to convert Catholics to her splinter fundamentalist Christian church.
Initially rejected by outraged Mary, one of two Catholic sisters who share a home, Melissa is subsequently invited in by shy sister Margaret, out of loneliness and a senior citizen's sense of traditional Southern politeness.
Margaret is charmed by Melissa's youthful zest and earnest hand-patting compassion, but she grows increasingly troubled by her visitor's certainty that Catholicism is not the way to salvation.