“Nunsense” and Good Habits
It’s a curious week at The Muny. A show with no set and a cast of mostly nuns is putting on a variety show to raise money to bury dead people who are stored in a freezer.
“Nunsense Muny Style” is a special adaptation of the long-running comedy play “Nunsense” by Dan Goggin, who is in St. Louis with this production. He even has an unbilled part as Priest who comes out into the audience in the opening number, along with a flock of ensemble members.
The evening begins with a nun’s kick-line.
Film and television star Phyliss Smith returns to her hometown as Sister Julia, Child of God. In the show’s publicity, she gets billed as in a starring role, but it’s more like a nice featured part. Smith is cute when she’s onstage, but underused.
Casting in major roles is a strong suit for “Nunsense Muny Style.” I especially enjoyed Tari Kelly as Sister Mary Amnesia. She has the choicest voice in the cast, can mug with the best of them and even has a funny turn with a puppet.
Ken Page as Sister Mary Wilhem and the Lara Teeter as Father Virgil are smooth and funny, with Teeter showing everyone how its done. Dee Hoty has a hilarious bit as Sister Mary Regina who discovers sniffing drugs can be fun. Terri White as Sister Hubert gives the convent a new interest in “soul.” Beth Leavel is cute as a button in the role of Sister Robert Anne, the toughest sister in the convent.
“Nunsense Muny Style” is a homer of a show that delivers the laughs with a warm, fuzzy hometown heart. When you leave, you may not know what to make of it, but odds are you will have enjoyed a very good time.