The Divine Sister, Busch Nun Fun, Will Get a Run

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The Divine Sister, some raunchy stuff-and-nunsense which writer-star Charles Busch threw up on the stage of Theatre for the New City Feb. 6-March 7 “just for the fun of it,” will open in September at the Soho Playhouse for a commercial run.

Critics were not invited to the original sold-out 24-performance engagement, but a few defanged scribes were granted special dispensation and allowed to enter. They reported a compulsively funny spoof on just about every nun movie known to man.

“I love those movies,” Busch has said, “and I thought, ‘I’m going to get one shot at playing a nun’ so I put in every possible moment I’ve wanted to play in a nun movie.”

His sense of inclusion proved impressively encyclopedic — sexual hysteria, stigmata, gouging much-needed mission money out of a grouchy Irish philanthropist, et al. Naturally, he rules the nunnery roost as Mother Superior of St. Veronica. Among the nuns in this (dis)order: Julie Halston, Alison Fraser, Amy Rutberg and Jennifer Van Dyck. The lone man on the premises is Jonathan Walker, but he’s quite enough. Most of the original cast is expected back for this new run, under Carl Andress’ direction.

Daryl Roth is the producer in charge of the transfer. She has had, understandably, a soft spot in her pocketbook for Busch’s work ever since his comedy, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, racked up 777 performances at the Ethel Barrymore.

— Harry Haun

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