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Nunsense
a Musical Comedy
CATEGORY :
by Dan Goggin

COMPANY : Rosewater Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Cumming Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 2731

SHOWING : March 14, 2008 - April 19, 2008

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisioned 52 of the sisters and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the 8th grade production of "Grease". Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, Sister Mary Hubert, Sister Robert Ann, Sister Mary Leo, and Sister Mary Amnesia who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon. WIth more than 5000 productions worldwide, it has been translated into 21 languages.


CAST & CREW LIST
Musical Director Bob Russell
Stage Manager/Sr. Mary Myopia Sue Shaw
Dance Captain Tina Shaw
Sax, Flute, Clarinet Steve Weikle
Sister Mary Leo Maryia Hare
Sister Mary Regina Cheryl Rogers
Sister Mary Hubert Kathy Russell
Sister Robert Anne Karen Walsh
Sister Mary Amnesia Rebekah Williams
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REVIEWS

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Grand OpeNUN
by Parrott65
Sunday, May 4, 2008
4.0
I had the distinct pleasure of going to Rosewater Theatre last night to see the theatre's Grand Opening and to watch a little "Nunsense". I will say that Riley and Lisa decorated the theatre in a marvelous fashion. I actually got to see the place when it was still in shambles and had something to compare to. They have really spruced it up!! The bathrooms are even nice which is rare for theatres (Well, the men's was. I don't frequent the women's restroom, so I can only assume it was nice too). Excellent work Rosewater.
Now, on to the show. Overall, the performers were on their mark. I don't really have any standouts to note, because they all were great for their roles. I would say that the beginning of the show dragged up until the "Quiz Scene". I think that Rebekah Williams, who played Sister Mary Amnesia, was the one that got the audience woken up from our zombie stage after drinking several glasses of champagne. Her voice, alone, was hilarious and the innocent personality really topped it off with some great humor. Once she gave out the prizes to the audience, the audience started getting into the show. From that moment on, it brought some laughter out that was lacking in the beginning.
The shining moments were Cheryl Rogers' getting high, Karen Walsh had one of the best Brooklyn accents I think I've heard in theatre in a long time along with the demeanor, Kathy Russell's solo near the end of the show, and Maryia Hare's dancing. I will say that I am one who actually enjoys the screw ups that happen during a show and when Sister Mary Leo answered the phone and the phone still rang after she picked it up was hilarious. It was the whole reaction she gave because of it. I'm a sucker for actors being put to "the test". I noticed a few dropped lines here and there, but the recoveries were handled.
Lighting was great. I sat in the back and thought the volume was balanced very well (although I did lose some of the words during the numbers). I wonder if they need to add a couple of speakers in the back of the room to give more surround sound? Costumes were very well executed and so was the set. I even liked the props, like the exercise bike that Karen used for the Wiked Witch part.
In closing, it was a great show that started out slow but picked up about 1/4 in and took off. Also, a great job to Rosewater for an excellent Grand Opening.

Russ [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
And the MAT award for "Best Review of the Wrong Production" goes to... by Okely Dokely
Russ Ivey, for reviewing the Cumming Playhouse production of Rosewater's Nunsense, when it sounds like he saw the Roswell production.
OH NO by Parrott65
You're right. Man, I missed that one. I noticed there were two posted by Rosewater but figured someone submitted the show twice.
Give him a break by cathead67
Lay off, Mark! He's giving us a good review, so I don't care which one he posts it under because it's the same cast and the same show. By the way, when are YOU coming to see us?
Fun ladies but not so fun production
by g8grrl
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
2.5
This is the 3rd time I've seen Nunsense and while its good its not great. I like the ladies, all are cast well and sing good. Best of all is Sister Mary Regina (SOOOOO funny), Sister Amnesia (SOOOO sweet) and Sister Robert Ann (WHAT VOCAL CHOPS). They are all fine. My big issue is the fun factor. Other than the script and the acting by the ladies, there isn't much here. The other Nunsenses I saw had more funny bits and more clever concepts. No such luck here. Then the directing isnt as polished and as well timed as I'd expect. Don't say it can't been done up in the burbs. Musicals I've recnetly seen at the Kudzu and the Button had the wow factor. Not here. Final verdict - the ladies are fun but the production is not. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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