Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Nunsense II"

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"Nunsense II"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The current show at Little Theatre of Fall River is Nunsense II. The Second Coming takes place six weeks after the sisters have staged their first benefit. The Little Sisters of Hoboken,NJ are back presenting a "thank-you" show for all the people who supported them in the past to help bury their dead nuns. But now they're a bit slicker having been "bitten by the theater bug". Things get off to a rousing start as the five sisters sing "Nunsense, the Magic Word" but before long chaos erupts. Two Franciscans, big Sister Brunhilde and Little Sister Fritz, come to claim Amnesia who has won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes as one of their own. At the same time the nuns hear that there is a talent scout in the audience to see them strut their stuff. From the Reverend Mother's grand entrance at the start of the show to the rousing finale "There's Only One Way to End Your Prayers and That's to Say Amen", this high energy show which is a sequel to "Nunsense", will have you roaring with laughter at these five talented actresses. Director Ron Robinson and musical director Dennis Robinson cast five talented women in these roles and their acting, singing and dancing will entertain you all night long, winning them a standing ovation at the end of the show.

Ron blocks the nuns and does the musical staging beautifully. He has them walk into the audience in several scenes, making the audience a part of the show. Dennis not only taught the music for the show but plays the lead keyboards, too. Choreographers Jeff Belanger and Janice McDonald create marvelous dance numbers for the show which include tap-dance, ballet, polka, kick-line and can can. Stage manager Bev Robinson keeps things running smoothly all night long. Because it isn't as well known as the first show, I'll give a synopsis of it. The variety show uses "The Mikado" set as the background. A high speed recap of the first show is given by Hubert from a scroll and acted out by Robert Anne, Amnesia and Leo. A note arrives to tell them a talent scout sent by Ed McMahon is in the audience so they sing "Winning is Just the Beginning'' and they play directly to the audience to impress them. This leads to a wacky bingo game run by Amnesia with everyone winning at the same time. Sister Leo the novice wants to be a ballerina nun but Regina forbids her to wear her tutu and toe shoes. So she sings "The Prima Ballerina" on roller skates. Hubert advises Leo "The Biggest Still Ain't the Best" while Robert Anne tells Regina "I've Got Pizazz". Regina feels confident the show will be a success and proclaims so in her show stopping number called "Look Ma, I Made It" which ends with her strutting around holding large fans. Regina then introduces the newest singing sensation, Amnesia who re-enters the stage with Sister Mary Annette, her puppet to perform "The Country Nun" while wearing blue cowboy boots. Later on she plays the accordion during "The Padre Polka" while Leo and Hubert polka together. The nuns then receive a phone call which makes Regina faint. Amnesia gives her the Saki which was for the Mikado. Regina and Hubert get drunk in a hilarious segment about wanting to be old time movie stars in "The Classic Queens". Their major problem now in the Franciscans claim they want Amnesia back and the money she won, too. Act 1 closes with Hubert and Regina dancing as geisha girls while the others do a soft shoe/ tap dance in "Hat and Cane Song." Hubert sings Clang, Clang went the Trolley to end Act 1.

Act 2 opens with the nuns trying to figure out what the Franciscans are up to. Robert Anne entertains the audience with her habit humor then moves the audience to tears with "Angeline", a song about her friend Annie Green who doesn't like the new habits. They think up different ways to make money like the "Catholic Guide to Gift Giving", "We're the Nuns to Come to When You Go" and Hubert wishes it was 1962 again and she and Regina sing "What Would Elvis Do?" which stops the show with its powerful rendition while the other three do a can-can to "Yes We Can". Robert Anne declares "She is Here to Stay" while the sing along number is "What a Catastrophe". Regina returns telling Amnesia she must go and Amnesia sings a tear jerking number "No One Cared Like You". But since this is a Nunsense show, you must have a happy ending Regina and Hubert declare "The Only Way to End Your Prayers" is to shout Amen when they point at the audience. All the women do an excellent job in their roles. Commanding the stage is Elizabeth Teixeira as Reverend Mother has a wonderful Irish brogue and wins many laughs with her lines and in her solo number as "Look Ma I Made It" when dressed as the statue of Liberty to sets her brother's pants on fire and he has a couple of bottle rockets in his back pocket and moving the crowd to more laughter in the "The Only Way to End Your Prayers" duet. Elizabeth and Maryann are hysterical as the Geisha girls who close the first act with their drunken antics. The second in command, Sister Hubert, the mistress of the Novices is played by Maryann Goulart. She is a topnotch stage manager but in this show gets to show off her wonderful singing voice in "The Biggest Still Ain't the Best", the duet "Classic Queens" and brings down the house in the gospel number "The Only Way to End Your Prayers". One of her funniest lines to Regina is "Roll back the rock, Lent is over." Robert Anne, the street wise nun from Brooklyn is played by Christine Roy who is a hoot with her habit humor and touching in her poignant song "Angeline" inducing tears from the audience. Amnesia is Cheryl Field who keeps the crowd in stitches throughout the show especially in the ill fated bingo game, playing her accordion and with her puppet, the foul mouth Sister Mary Annette and moving the audience to tears in "No One Cared Like You" the most touching ballad in this show.. Erin Cote is Leo who does a hilarious roller skating routine and wins many laughs as this adorable novice nun.. So for a fabulous look at the Little Sisters be sure to catch this hilarious show where you won't stop laughing all night long.

"Nunsense II" (15 - 25 July)
LITTLE THEATRE OF FALL RIVER
@ The Fire Barn, 340 Prospect Street, FALL RIVER MA
1(508)675-1852

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