Many among us probably associate our vision of the sweet singing nun with Maria in “Sound of Music,” but there have been any number of other …
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Many among us probably associate our vision of the sweet singing
nun with Maria in “Sound of Music,” but there have been any number
of other cinematic Holy women— recall “The Singing Nun” and “The
Trouble With Angels.”
And then there were darker ones: “Doubt,” “Agnes of God,” “Black
“The Divine Sister” by Charles Busch at the Avenue Theatre is
based on a look at secret lives of Hollywood’s nuns over the years.
(In the original New York production, Busch donned a habit and
played the Mother Superior). Christopher Whyde fills those shoes at
the Avenue, where we’ve met him in drag on a previous occasion as
Angela Arden in Busch’s “Die Mommy Die!”
As we meet Mother Superior, she advises young novice Agnes
(Laura Jo Trexler, a Littleton High grad who is headed to Boston
soon for MFA study): “My dear, we are living in an era of great
social change. We must do everything in our power to stop it.”
Melodramatic Agnes is given to visions and healing miracles,
which her superior discourages, being a straightforward type. Are
those cherries or stigmata?
Next we meet the wackily headressed, somewhat sinister Sister
Walburga (the skilled and very funny Rhonda Brown) and the more
recent “Da Vinci Code” comes to mind, with talk of codes and
conspiracies. Her cohort is the ancient Brother Venerius (Josh
Hartnell, who also plays Jeremy, a figure out of Sisters’ past, who
wants to make a movie about Agnes).
Sister Acacius (McPherson Hoyle) shares the Mother Superior’s
concern about their decrepit school, which they’d like to replace.
To that end the two sisters go to visit wealthy Mrs. Levinson to
request a donation and we learn about her backstory . Trisha
Magness plays this part and that of a baseball-playing boy named
Everyone has a story or more. Pay attention and enjoy.
One just needs to be there to try to work out the puzzles.
Mature language is not appropriate for the youngest theater
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