Two things to know about “St. Joan,” the current production at Gulfshore Playhouse:
- It heats UP a bit slowly. The first act has to rake up the stray elements of scene setting. But long before Joan’s dire sentencing, the fire is blazing, thanks to Bedlam theater company.
- When the actors and ushers invite you up onstage for Act 2, go. It is a rare opportunity to be nearly inside the trajectory of the drama. George Bernard Shaw’s wit drives its characters’ personal gospels, and the detonation of verbal hand grenades are a delight at close range.