February 21, 2024

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The (Dis)Comfort of Nunsense

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“Although she performed in community theaters in Demarest and Teaneck in her youth, ‘Ya gotta get serious’ was her father’s advice, Miss Farina said, when she wanted to pursue performing seriously. ‘Then I’ll be a nun instead,’ she retorted at the time.” -Alvin Klein, 1986

“Nunsense” was a successful off-Broadway show from the 1980s. And then it got a sequel. Then another. Then four more. Forty years after its debut, the Nunsense series of musicals are produced by community theaters nationwide. But what makes this septet of musicals work? And what can they tell us about the perils of judging a script on its ability to comfort audiences? And how is this all affected by watching all seven in one day? Zach Barr (they/them) investigates the unique phenomenon of “Nunsense” – featuring an interview with the series playwright, Dan Goggin.

Music in this video provided by Blue Dot Sessions. Choral music comes from The Tudor Consort and the Sisters of Aquinas. All music used under a Creative Commons BY-NC license.

Bibliography: docs.google.com/document/d/1eUwecAN5RcHBlkt_KWRj7vIQscMSAsDhWDHsXi3XDV0/edit?usp=sharing
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