The Divine Sister OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
September 22, 2010
Closing:
May 1, 2011

Theater: Soho Playhouse / 15 Vandam St., New York, New York, 10013

Synopsis: 

The Divine Sister is an outrageous comic homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns. Evoking such films as The Song of Bernadette, The Bells of St. Mary's, The Singing Nun and Agnes of God, The Divine Sister tells the story of St. Veronica's indomitable Mother Superior (author Charles Busch) who is determined to build a new school for her Pittsburgh convent. Along the way, she has to deal with a young postulant who is experiencing "visions," sexual hysteria among her nuns, a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, a mysterious nun visiting from the Mother House in Berlin, and a former suitor intent on luring her away from her vows.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Divine Sister

    No Doubt, Not a Typical Singing Nun

    Ben Brantley

    September 22, 2010: We all have our own ideas of heaven. For some, it’s white clouds and harps; for others, an eternal shore of silence. But perhaps you’re one of those souls (and I know you’re out there) who imagine an endless swirl of beautifully bad old movies — a place where the acting is always overripe, the plots as thick as oatmeal and the taste level close to the gutter. If this describes you, paradise awaits you, friend, just south of Houston Street.

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  • NEW YORK POST REVIEW OF The Divine Sister

    In 'Divine' comedy, this mother's superior

    Elisabeth Vincinetelli

    September 23, 2010: Despite successful trips to the mainstream -- his play "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" scored a Tony nomination and "Die, Mommie, Die!" was turned into a movie -- Charles Busch is best experienced in small venues. And the 199-seat SoHo Playhouse is a particularly good home for the writer-actor's latest romp, the kooky nun comedy "The Divine Sister."

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF The Divine Sister

    NY Review: 'The Divine Sister'

    David Sheward

    September 22, 2010: Leave it to Charles Busch to find one more Hollywood genre to lampoon. As author and leading lady in drag, he's done historical epics ("Vampire Lesbians of Sodom"), summer surf silliness ("Psycho Beach Party"), tragic diva melodrama ("Die Mommie Die!"), exotic ventures to the Far East ("Shanghai Moon"), wartime espionage ("The Lady in Question"), and 1950s anti-Communist propaganda ("Red Scare on Sunset"). Where else could he go but into the convent?

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  • CURTAIN UP REVIEW OF The Divine Sister

    The Divine Sister

    Elyse Sommer

    September 23, 2010: Charles Busch was a downtown playwright-drag performer long before he went mainstream with the Broadway hit The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. Now he has once again written a piece allowing him to return to his drag performance roots.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF The Divine Sister

    The Divine Sister

    Dan Bacalzo

    September 22, 2010: Charles Busch's The Divine Sister, now at Soho Playhouse under Carl Andress' direction, can simply be described as campy good fun. It may not be profound, but it's sure to provoke and provide plenty of laughter.

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