What if the final conflict between Christ and Satan took place not on the battlefield of Armageddon but on The Jerry Springer Show? Would this face-off be must-see TV? That’s the concept behind Jerry Springer–The Opera, the controversial British hit finally receiving its U.S. premiere in a terrific non-Equity production. Intrigued by why anyone would watch Springer’s sleazy show, much less appear on it, composer Richard Thomas and librettist Stewart Lee suggest that the on-air encounters between a long procession of losers reflect the eternal struggle between good and evil, salvation and damnation, temptation and faith. True to the show that inspired it, Jerry Springer–The Opera is sacrilegious, crude, and obscene. It’s also thought provoking, often hilarious, and beautifully performed here by a young, talented 29-member ensemble under the guidance of director David Zak, choreographer Brenda Didier, and musical director Gary Powell. This show is certainly not for everyone, but its bold, entertaining take on a vulgar cultural phenomenon attains a high level of artistry. a Through 7/8: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3:30 PM, Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-883-1090, $25-$40.