Greg Louganis, the Olympian used to going out on the limb of diving board, takes a theatrical risk by donning a wimple in a Hollywood, FL, production of Nunsense A-Men, beginning Oct. 29. The staging by the Hollywood Playhouse, an Equity small professional theatre (SPT) company, continues through Dec. 5, with Louganis in nun drag as Sister Robert Anne. The popular musical comedy revue Dan Goggin was originally played by women; the male casting conceit played successfully Off-Broadway in 1998.
Goggin directs the Hollywood staging. The company includes Elias Eliadis, Joe Ceriello, John Hensley and Reggie Whitehead.
The hit Off-Broadway Nunsense became an international sensation and spawned several sequels, including Nunsense 2: The Second Coming, Sister Mary Amnesia's Country Jamboree and the Christmas-themed Nuncracker.
Following his Olympic diving career, Louganis turned to acting and performed in Jeffrey Off-Broadway and in regional stagings of such plays as Larry Kramer's Just Say No.
The 262-seat Hollywood Playhouse offers Off-Broadway-style fare such as Parallel Lives, Theda Bara and the Frontier Rabbi and The Taffetas. Later in the 1999-2000 season, it will present the world premiere of Ira Wallach's Eye of the Beholder..
Nunsense A-Men tickets are $17-$26.50. For information, call (954) 922-0404.
-- By Kenneth Jones