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“The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” is a searing look at history’s most infamous double-cross. In this witty and biting contemplation on the meaning of forgiveness by playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis (“The Motherf***er with the Hat”), the Bible’s most notorious traitor is tried in a present-day urban courtroom. Josh T. Ryan directs this production at the Hudson Theatre.

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Scathingly provocative with edgy, streetwise dialogue, colorful characters and courtroom shenanigans of the highest order, the play is set in an area of downtown Purgatory where “it don’t smell good.” Judas is tried by a Civil War deserter, and those called to the stand include Mother Teresa, Freud, a host of saints and sinners and the Prince of Darkness himself. As the trial goes on, we are forced to re-examine old truths and consider what it means to forgive.

“The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” opens on July 19 and continues through Aug. 24 with show times on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90038. Tickets are $20-$30. For tickets or information, call (323) 960-7738 or visit www.plays411.com/judas.