Theatre Mirror Reviews-"Nunsense A-Men"

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"Nunsense A-Men"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The Little Theatre of Fall River's current show is "Nunsense A-Men" by Dan Goggin. The show is about five zany sisters from Ponta Delgada who are putting on a fundraiser to raise money to bury sisters accidentally killed by the convent cook, Sister Julia Child of God. However, this ain't your mother's "Nunsense", in this version the five nuns are played by men. These "nuns" sing and dance their way into the hearts of the audience with their clever and witty lines and dialogue. Director Bobby Perry infuses the show with the energy needed for each and every one of these roles. He also is the music director and does clever banter with the cast members during the show. Bobby picked topnotch talented performers for these crazy parts. The appreciative audience laughs all night long at their fabulous antics and they obtain a well deserved standing ovation as their reward on a job very well done.

Bobby blocks the nuns and does the staging of the numbers beautifully. He has them walking through the audience in several scenes, making them part of the show. Bobby also choreographed this show with some stunning dance numbers that stop the show with the cast doing them in perfect unison. The "Grease" set is excellent as are the costumes.  Playing Sister Mary Regina, the Mother Superior is Jeff Belanger who commands the stage as this authority figure. He does a very comical tight walking imitation in "Turn Up the Spotlight" while holding a parasol. Jeff obtains many laughs during his Rush scene where he sniffs from the bottle and gets high from it. He is also a hoot during the cooking with the BVM segment with his many funny one liners. The second in command, Sister Hubert is wonderfully played by Ken Ettress. He has some funny scenes where he insults Sister Regina, gives advice to Leo, sings "A Coupla Sisters" with Regina and "The Biggest Ain't the Best" with Leo but it is his eleventh hour number called "Holier Than Thou" that he brings down the house. The tap dance during "Tackle That Temptation with A Time Step" is excellent to behold.

Two of the zaniest nuns in the show are John Silveira as Sister Robert Ann and Ryan Durkey as Sister Amnesia. John is a hoot with Robert's habit humor when he imitates Pocahontas, Cher, Heidi, Princess Leia and Katherine Hepburn. He also sells his three songs, "Playing Second Fiddle" when he complains about being the understudy, "Growing Up Catholic", a poignant song about growing up in a tough Dorchester neighborhood, and "I Just Wanna Be a Star" where he finally gets to strut his stuff for the audience. Ryan keeps the crowd in stitches as the forgetful nun who has lost his memory and his Southern accent is priceless. He is hilarious in "So You Want to Be a Nun" which he does with his puppet, Sister Mary Annette, while alternating between a high voice and a low one for the puppet. Luckily Amnesia remembers who he is during "I Could've Gone to Nashville" and saves the fundraiser from being ruined. His phenomenal tenor voice soars in all his numbers.  Ryan also does a great job with the quiz about their order in which I won a St. Christopher motorist prayer. Rounding out the cast is Anthony DeRose as Sister Leo, the novice who wants to be a ballerina nun. He does a funny ballet to "Benedicite" and does a comic dance to the Dying Nun Ballet. Anthony displays his strong acting and dancing prowess in this role. So for a comical visit with men dressed up as nuns in their old habits, be sure to catch "Nunsense A-men" before they dance their way out of town. Tell them Tony sent you.

"Nunsense A-Men!" (3 - 13 December)
THE LITTLE THEATRE OF FALL RIVER
@ 340 Prospect Street, FALL RIVER MA
1(508)675-1852

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