By David Goggin
Directed by Roy Alan
Musical Direction by Chris Leavy
Winter Park Playhouse, Winter Park FL
If there was ever a mulligan stew of old vaudeville gags, this is it. You’ve got your leper humor: “A Different Transition”. You’ve got a ballet in habits number: “Benedicite”, a blow out kick line: “Just A Couple of Sisters”, plus Pope Jokes and all the third grade humor you can swallow: “How do to make Holy Water? Boil the Hell out of it!” and don’t forget the drug humor, even if the bartender had no idea what it was about. .
The premise is a fundraiser for the Sisters of Somewhere in New Jersey; they need money to bury their dead after an unfortunate case of vichyssoise poisoning. Mother Superior Mary Regina (Cami Miller) represents all that is holy and paperwork friendly in the universe and that made her foray in the wonderful world of Amyl Nitrate so funny. Supporting here is Sister Mary Hubert (Lorri Key), she has the soul of Soul in her heart and along with Sister Mary Leo (Kayla Kelsay) they whup butt in “The Biggest Ain’t the Best.” Tonight’s real party girl was Sister Robert Anne (Kate Zaloumes). She might be in the witness protection program and she seems the most secular of the sisters. Technically Sister Mary Regina’s understudy, she does finally get a solo with “Playing Second Fiddle” but I’d advise Sister M.R. to be careful about starting any cars with her around. Lastly, there’s sad little Sister Mary Amnesia (Natalie Condone). She forget her name and background and searches for divine revelation; but Praise the Lord and pass the truth serum, she remembers and brings it all home with “I Could’ve Gone To Nashville.” This twisted little country rocker could fit right into Hedwig’s Angry Inch. By now I think most Catholics are comfortable with making fun of the nuns in their childhood and enough of us Protestants get what the deal is so this show is safe for nearly all degrees of religious fervor. Silly and sanctimonious, it’s no penance to sit through this traditional laff riot!
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