“NUNSET BOULEVARD” BRINGS BACK OUR FAVORITE NUNS TO THE STAGE
Playwright and composer Dan Goggin has created a legacy, a musical annuity if you will, from his tales of the Little Sisters of Hoboken from Mount Saint Helen’s School in New Jersey. Goggin has taken his memories of the nuns in the Catholic school he attended and woven them into a series of stories, silly and slightly irreverent.
His newest venture “Nunset Boulevard” is enjoying its Connecticut premiere at Waterbury’s Seven Angels Theatre until Sunday February 6, with a fun cast of Stage II community players, under the able direction of Semina DeLaurentis.
The latest adventure for the good sisters is an invitation to perform at the Hollywood Bowl. They arrive eager and excited in Tinsel Town to discover their gig is actually at the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama. Lesser folk might be disheartened, but this sturdy sextet just works harder to make their cabaret act a success.
Led by the intrepid Mother Superior (Joyce Jeffrey), the second-in-command Sister Hubert (Trish Torello) who is in charge of the novices, the street-wise Sister Robert Anne (Suzanne Powers) who hails from Brooklyn, the ballerina dancing Sister Leo (Marcia Maslo) and the endearing but slightly confused Sister Amnesia (Sarah Widomski), these fine ladies pull out all the stops from the bowling balls to make their show business stint special.
Twenty songs later, two games, an audition for a big movie contract, including a parade of blonde bombshells, a sensitive ballad “Where is the Rainbow?,” a rousing “Don’t Look Back,” and a visit from Elvis, this trusted troupe lands on their feet, clad in bowling shoes, and strikes a perfect score of 200.
For tickets ($27.50, subscribers $22.50, students $10), call Seven Angels Theatre, Hamilton Park Pavilion, Plank Road, Waterbury at 203-757-4676 or online at www.sevenangelstheatre.org. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., with no show on February 5.
Prove that it isn’t sinful to have a good laugh if the show is equal parts hilarious and heavenly. Follow your G.P.S. (God’s Positioning System) to Seven Angels’ door.
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