When it comes to humor, Catholicism is a remarkably easy mark. My feelings on the matter are summed up nicely by author Brandon Sanderson in his book “The Way of Kings.” Originally said of an easy-to-ridicule character, I find the following applicable to religious humor.
It’s too easy. An uneducated half-brain could make mock of it. One is left with no need to exert oneself, and its very nature makes mockery of one’s mockery.
However, the cast of “Nunsense A-Men” at Runaway Stage (performed at the Black Box Theater in the West Sacramento Community Center) doesn’t just rest on the intrinsic humor of the show’s premise. Strong vocal performances and great choreography round out this funny little production, making it an enjoyable way to spend an evening.
The five-man (yes, man, the Sisters are played by a quintet of male actors) cast brings loads of talent to the stage.
Brent Null leads the ensemble as Mother Superior, and delivers a solid performance in the role. Sister Mary Hubert is played by the show’s choreographer, Darryl Strohl-De Herrera. He really knocks it out in the Act I closer, “Tackle that Temptation with a Time Step” and in “Just a Coupl’a Sisters,” opposite Null.
Hal Dubiel as Sister Mary Leo brings some great dancing skill to bear in his character’s quest to become the world’s first ballerina nun.
Bob Baxter, the producing director of Runaway Stage, plays the amusing Sister Mary Amnesia who lost her memory after a crucifix fell on her head. Baxter’s timing makes his laugh-worthy lines even funnier, and his solo “So You Want to be a Nun” is particularly memorable.
Last but not least is Colin Coate as Sister Robert Anne. His voice is fabulous, and he truly shines in the surprisingly pretty Act II opener, “Growing Up Catholic.”
Also, I must give a nod to the wonderful orchestra, lead by Deann Golz: you all rock!
Overall, this production of “Nunsense” is a fun, irreverent night out. Well done, Runaway.
“Nunsense A-Men” plays through August 17. For more information and tickets, click HERE.