What Is the Story of Nunsense?
Nunsense follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent. When their cook accidentally serves up some tainted soup, 52 of the sisters are poisoned and die, leaving only five living nuns who were not at home the day of the toxic meal. When the convent’s first in charge, Reverend Mother Regina, splurges on a plasma TV, the sisters find themselves strapped for cash, as they still have four dead nuns to bury (whose bodies are being stored in the kitchen freezer!). The nuns decide to put on a benefit performance of the musical Grease in order to raise the rest of the money before the health department discovers their secret.
What is Nunsense Like?
You don’t have to be a Catholic to enjoy the wacky humor of Nunsense. The nuns interact with the audience and take turns singing solos that offer insight into their personalities and the roles they play within the convent. Written in classical show-tune style, the show features a lot of zingers and sight gags that are still funny after all these years (the current off-Broadway production celebrates the show’s 25th anniversary).
Is Nunsense Good For Kids?
While some of Nunsense’s references may go over the heads of children, they’ll enjoy the sight of singing and tap-dancing nuns. The show’s plot is a bit morbid (dead bodies stored in the convent kitchen!) but it’s all in sugary fun as the nuns lovingly poke fun at faith and themselves.