Sandy Spring Theatre Group NunsenseBy Laura & Mike Clark • Feb 23rd, 2007 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Sandy Spring Theatre Group’s production of Nunsense [MP3 3:04 900K].
Laura: Last weekend we saw the Sandy Spring Theatre Group and their production of Nunsense being performed at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn in Gaithersburg Maryland.
Mike: Nunsense is a musical comedy by Dan Gogan. It takes place in Hoboken. The little sisters of Hoboken have discovered that their cook Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned the rest of the nuns. They bury a bunch of them and then they run out of money. So they have to have a fundraiser, Nunsense. A health inspector comes by to check out the health of the place and discovers the nuns in the freezer. Therefore they have an urgent need to get some funds raised.
Laura: I thought this show was a lot of fun. It was a vaudeville comedy. The dance numbers were lively. The set I thought was simple, but effective. I thought everybody sang really well.
Mike: This was an ensemble piece. There were five “nuns” in the show and they did a pretty good job over all.
Laura: The Mother Superior, Sister Mary Regina, was played by Elissa Borzilleri. She was good as the uptight nun. She was always worried about what some of the other nuns were going to do to raise the money to get those poor nuns out of the freezer for a proper burial.
Mike: Sister Mary Amnesia was played by Jennie Lutz. She was a nun who had had some kind of traumatic experience and couldn’t remember her name. She forgot her lines at points and wandered off into the audience to chat. She had a really good time with forgetting how to do stuff.
Laura: The other three Nuns, Sister Hubert, played by Mary MConnell, who drove the church van, Sister Mary Leo played by Megan May and Sister Robert Anne played by Celia Blitzer all did a very good job. They had lot of energy. They had some really good dance numbers. I liked the scene when Robert Anne got her spotlight on center stage because the understudy was not able to perform and I thought that was a really good scene. She has a good strong singing voice that carried really well.
Mike: The pacing of the show was wonderful. It was very snappy. The Gaitherbug Arts Barn is a very intimate setting and it really let the show move along at a nice pace. There was a scene early on where they did a quiz to the audience. It moved right along. They also told jokes while standing in the aisiles of the audience. It worked really well.
Laura: This was a very enjoyable show. Some of the humor was for adults, but for the most part I think it was a kid friendly show.
Mike: Nunsense is playing through March 4th at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3PM. The show is about two hours long with one fifteen minute intermission. I think you’ll have a good time if you go see this and support the Sandy Spring Theatre Group.
Laura: And now, on with the show.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.