Nunsense – With a Twist – Review by Bonnie Goldberg

Are you ready for a little Catholic comedy and habit humor, served in heavenly happiness, then playwright Dan Goggin and Seven Angels Theatre have the perfect fare for you. Until Sunday, October 10, the Little Sisters of Hoboken are offering “Nunsense with a Twist!” and your favorite nuns are quickly off and running for every joke and laugh in the prayer book.

The good Little Sisters of Hoboken are being forced to hold a talent show fundraiser as an emergency measure to stave off the imminent visit by the New Jersey Board of Health. As you may or may not remember, their dedicated Chef Sister Julia, Child of God, made an unfortunate soup that caused fifty two nuns to go to God prematurely. Only forty eight were buried properly and, because funds ran out, the last four were stored in the convent freezer. Actually the Reverend Mother bought a giant television and squandered the remaining funds. Hence, the need to quickly raise funds for burial plots.

If this hooky and humorous plot line tickles your fancy, then you are prime candidates for Daniel Goggin’s highly successful comedy “Nunsense” being irreverently presented at Waterbury’s Seven Angels Theatre. He has called upon his memories of elementary religious school, clickers and rulers and all,
to fashion his offerings.

Come meet the Mother Superior who jealously guards all her chicks and her coterie which includes Sister Robert Anne who is Brooklyn street smart and the driver of the convent van, Sister Mary Leo who is literally always “on her toes” as a wannabe ballerina, the second-in-command Sister Mary Hubert who like Avis keeps trying harder, and, last but not least, Sister Amnesia who lost her marbles and memory when a crucifix fell on her head.

These devoted ladies of the cloth will move heaven and earth to provide you with an angelic performance as they sing, dance, tell jokes, provide cooking lessons and even bring out Sister Marionette, all in the service of the Lord to entertain you. No doubt you might identify with this easily “habit forming” pastime.

Come see Tom Chute as the esteemed Reverend Mother, Jimmy Donohue as the waiting to be head honcho Sister Mary Hubert, Marissa Follo Perry as the dancing Sister Mary Leo,, Mandy Leigh Thompson as the Brooklyn born Sister Robert Anne and Artistic Director Semina DeLaurentis as Sister Amnesia. Be prepared for a religious quiz or three, with appropriate prizes if you are correct, the perpetual understudy Sister Robert Anne vying for her turn in the spotlight, a country western singing session, a turn of fleet feet doing “Tackle That Temptation with a Time Step” and much much more.

For tickets ($30), call Seven Angels Theatre, 1 Plank Road, Waterbury at 203-757-4676 or online at www.sevenangelstheatre.org. Performances are Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Prepare to be thoroughly engaged as the Little Sisters of Hoboken kick up their heels and pull out all the stops (and corks from the sacramental wine) to entertain you in heavenly splendor. Be careful, you might be tempted to convert.

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