Nunsense Review - Song, Dance and Humor

I've never watched a play in the basement of an actual church.  Things changed this past weekend, when my husband and I travelled to the basement of St. Bonaventure Church, 1625 West Diversey, Chicago.

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There we were watching five nuns who sang and danced their ways through the Saint Sebastian Players' production of Nunsense.

In Nunsense, the Little Sisters of Evanston prepare to put on a fundraiser performance for an emergency, tragic situation, which switches rapidly into a song-dance-comedy.

It seems that Sister Julia liked cooking, until 52 Sisters died after eating her soup.

Since the Sisters only had money to bury the first 48, the four remaining but deceased Sisters were put into the freezer for safe keeping.  The fundraiser was to raise money for four more proper burials.


Mother Superior, a worldly, wise and spunky lady, leads four eccentric and endearing nuns who are getting ready to perform.  This play shows the lighter side of being Catholic - told in jokes, stories, songs, dance, and a bunch of surprises.

At this performance, there seemed to be a friendly and familiar audience-actor relationship.  Several people in the small basement auditorium became part of the show as the nuns spoke and joked with them by name.  They must belong to the same Church Parish!


The Saint Sebastian Players conclude their 2009-2010 season with this fun-loving musical.  Dan Goggin wrote the book and lyrics and  composed the music.

Making her directing debut is Saint Sebastian Players' member Kelly Rhyne.  She previously appeared in SSP’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

The excellent cast includes Barbara Berndt, Sydney Charles, Alisa Marier, Molly McCormick and Michelle Ziccarelli.

Music Director is SSP associate member Barbara Murphy-Sanders, choreographer/assistant director is Natalia Formisano, Pauline Glinka is costumer, and SSP members Jim Masini and Steven Walanka are the producers.

A cohesive group

Nunsense runs through May 23rd at St. Bonaventure, 1625 West Diversey.   There is free parking in two lots.  Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.  Single tickets are $15, students with valid IDs pay $10, and seniors and children younger than 12 pay $7.00.

Remember, it’s a good cause and a funny day or night out!

Photos: John Oster, courtesy of Saint Sebastian Players

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