Nunsense: The Hit Comedy Musical at Costa Mesa Playhouse
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The last date listed for Nunsense was Sunday March 11, 2012 / 2:00pm.
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Featured review from Ben W.Red Velvet
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This was the 4th time I have seen a performance of Nunsense in the past 12 years and this one was by far the best. The acting and singing were excellent and I enjoyed the small live-music group that complemented rather than overpowered the singers. It is a fun story that is worth seeing again, especially here!
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This production is the classic version of the comedy, with an all-female cast. Costa Mesa Playhouse is also running an all-male version of the play, Nunsense A-Men.
Nunsense (All Female Cast)
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Dan Goggin
Directed by Jason Holland
Musical Directed by Stephen Hulsey
Choreography by Michael Wallot
When the Little Sisters of Hoboken’s cook accidentally poisons 52 of the nuns with tainted vichyssoise, Mother Superior Mary Regina, a former circus performer, decides to raise funds for their burials by staging a variety show, performed by five of the remaining sisters and featuring madcap dance routines, solo star turns, an audience quiz and comic surprises.
The Nunsense concept originated as a line of greeting cards featuring a nun offering tart quips with a clerical slant. They caught on so quickly that writer Dan Goggin turned the concept into a cabaret show that ran for 38 weeks, then expanded it again into a full-length theater production which opened off-Broadway in 1985 and became the second-longest-running off-Broadway show in history, winning four Outer Critics Circle Awards including best book and music, and best off-Broadway musical. It has spawned six sequels and threespin-offs.