Nunsense, featuring the original Mother Superior, Marilyn Farina, at Courthouse Center for the Arts

Nunsense, the Off-Broadway musical comedy about a variety show with a habit-dressed cast, opens Fri. May 11 at the Courthouse Center for the Arts. Starring as Mother Superior will be the original actress Marilyn Farina.
 
May 7, 2012 - PRLog -- “Nunsense,” the Off-Broadway musical comedy about a variety show with a habit-dressed cast, will be coming to the Courthouse Center for the Arts.  Starring as Mother Superior will be the original actress Marilyn Farina, who performed in the Off-Broadway production in 1985.  She was last in Rhode Island over a decade ago when “Nunsense” closed the season at Theatre-By-The-Sea in Matunuck, where it was such a success that it opened the next season as well.  That is where she met The Courthouse Center’s Artistic and Executive Director Richard Ericson, and the two have remained boisterous friends ever since.

“Nunsense” follows the five sisters as they dream up schemes and put on a variety show to raise the money to give a proper funeral to her sisters, who were accidentally poisoned on a “last supper” of vichyssoise.  The rather “ridiculous” plotline, as Farina allows, was started by a notecard line by Farina and writer Dan Goggin.  From there, she says, “it just took off and had a life of its own. It was an idea whose time had come.”

Marilyn Farina’s character, the Mother Superior, was created specifically for her.  The character’s name is a joke throwback to her days peddling notecards: Mary Cardelia; dealer of cards.  Interestingly, “no one else can be Mary Cardelia,” says Marilyn Farina. “In the script it’s Mary Regina or something.”  

Farina is “thrilled and excited to be coming back to Rhode Island,” and to perform her show again.  “It’s the kind of thing where it doesn’t matter if you’re Catholic or Jewish or whatever – nuns are funny.  We’ve had all sorts of people come see it,” Farina remembers.  “One night, the audience included 27 nuns and Yoko Ono.”

Performances will be May 10 – June 3 Thurs.-Sun. at the Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Rd., West Kingston, RI 02892, Thurs., Fri. and Sat. at 7 p.m., matinees Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m.  Tickets $15-$25.

Contact the Box Office for tickets and information 401-782-1018 ext.3.  Group Sales may be arranged by contacting Rachelle Topping, info@courthousearts.org; 401-782-1018 ext.8.  For more information on the Courthouse Center for the Arts and its programs, please call 401-782-1018 or visit http://www.courthousearts.org.
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