Durang's Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Actor's Nightmare
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The last date listed for Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Actor's Nightmare was Saturday July 10, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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I found this event clever, off-beat, entertaining and laugh out loud funny. And laugh out loud I did! The second act "Sister Mary Ignatius" particularly had me rolling. If you like to laugh and don't mind poking fun at Catholicism, go see it!
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- "acidly funny... darkly hilarious" --<a target="_blank" href="http://www.examiner.com/x-32303-SF-Performing-Arts-Examiner~y2010m6d9-Durang-Me-At-Custom-Made-Theatre-is-wickedly-funny-satire">Examiner.com</a>
For the final show of the 2009/10 season, Custom Made proudly presents Durang Me! featuring two of Christopher Durang's most hilarious scripts. Durang Me! is an evening of dark comedy, satire, and hysterical absurdist twists and turns.
In The Actor's Nightmare, a lone man is thrust upon the stage, but who exactly is George Spelvin and why doesn't he know his lines? Or even which show he is in? And did Henry VIII just walk into a Beckett play? If you have ever wondered about an actor's (or is it an accountant's?) greatest fear, Christopher Durang explains it all for you in this fast and furious one-act comedy.
Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You is a legendary dark comedy that has stood not only the test of time, but the real-life scandals of the Catholic Church. Brilliantly contrasting doctrine with reality, Durang's Sister Mary is an ageing nun holding onto the pre-reform Church for dear life. When four of her ex-students confront the sister for the part she played in their troubled lives, Sister Mary must explain to all of us what we have done to make Jesus weep.
Directed by Gabiel A. Ross* and Daunielle Rasmussen*
The Ensemble: Cole Cloud, AJ Davenport*, Tavis Kammet, Eric O’Kelly*, Eleanor Mason Reinholdt, and Claire Slattery
Stage Manager: Abra Kent
Set Designer: Steve Vickers
Costume Designer: Maria Graham
Lighting Designer: Lluis Valls
*member, The Custom Made Theatre Co.
About the Ticket Supplier: Custom Made Theatre Co.Winner of the SF Bay Critic Circle award for Best Overall Play of 2012, The Custom Made Theatre Co. is a San Francisco-based not-for-profit theatre dedicated to ensemble-based, socially relevant productions. Custom Made is the managing company of the Gough Street Playhouse, an intimate thrust theatre without a bad seat in the house, where they present a five play season, along with numerous readings, workshops and classes. Most recently, Custom Made produced the Goldstar ROAR award-winning "Eurydice"
and the Bay Area Premiere of Christopher Durang's "Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them."