Capsule Reviews

Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater

Nunsense II: The Second Coming Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the theater, Dan Goggin resurrects his quirky quintet of singing nuns. If you loved the first one, you'll adore this. A few details are changed: Mother Superior gets drunk instead of high, the sisters dance a soft-shoe instead of a time-step and there's an actual Moment of Drama, when it seems as if Sister Mary Paul might have to leave. Designer Valerie Goldson has fun with lighting effects, and the four-piece pit band (led by Brad C. Jofeditz) is splendid. Director and choreographer Janet Strzelec spreads the action out over the large stage and creates some fun dance numbers, but her direction of the acting is lacking. Through June 26 at Dunham Hall Theatre on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, I-270 and Route 157, Edwardsville. Tickets are $15 ($12 for students, seniors and SIUE staff; free for SIUE students). Call 618-650-2774. (DJ)

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