Nunsense – Theatre Review
“Nunsense” follows the riotous escapades of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken who realize that one of their own, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned to death 52 fellow nuns in the convent while the quintet was off playing Bingo.
Nunsense is being called a revival of the show that started in 1983. Yeah, I know, what is that, 27 years ago? It does seem a bit dated. 27 years ago, nuns were just getting out of the habit, get it, which is a big joke for this play, interminably in this particular situation. There’s a cast of five, which are relatively talented. The first act, I found tedious, sort of raunchy, and somewhat disrespectful. The second act, I thought was significantly better. I’m not sure exactly why. Maybe because it was just a little more grown-up, maybe it was a little more focused because they didn’t try so hard to be cutesy. The audience seemed to like it. I just think that theatre should have something more than a skit and a one-trick pony. If you’re Catholic, you may find it more amusing than if you’re not. On the other hand, as I said, I found the first half somewhat disrespectful but the second half much more fun and much more likeable. So, the first act, I would have given one star, the second, three, so I guess it averages out — well, because the second act was significantly better, we’ll give it a 2.5.