By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer
“Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class”: If you think Dan Goggin’s “Nunsense” is funny, then get ready to laugh like you were never able to at Catholic school.
In this musical comedy, Sister Robert Anne, played by Sue Riney, is a teacher and former troubled teen from Brooklyn. She doesn’t take any guff.
The instruction is interrupted by such songs as “What Would Elvis Do?” and “Every Day of the Week is a Saturday.”
The audience participates in the singing and question-and-answer sessions.
Appearing with Sister Robert Anne are Sister Amnesia (Gaye Litka), Sister Mary Melody (Pat Felger), Father Vic (Vic Veltkamp) and Father Jeff (Jeff Stiern).
Father Diego Sarducci (J.R. Russell) is the warm-up act.
Riney played Sister Robert Anne in “Nunsense” at Whidbey Playhouse in 2009, as well as playing nuns in “Nuncrackers” in 2002 and in “Nunsense” in 1994.
She has also portrayed Sister Robert Anne in “Nunsense 2: The Second Coming” at the Anacortes Community Theatre, according to press material.
“Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class” continues through June 30 at Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor.
All seats are $18. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available. Call the box office at 360-679-2237 or go to www.whidbeyplayhouse.com.
The Driftwood Players has posted its 2013-2014 season on its website and there’s a hit show planned just about every month starting in September.
The season starts with a thriller, followed by the classic musical “The Wizard of Oz” highlighting the fall and then a comic farce filling up seats in the summer.
Season subscriptions are on sale on the website, www.driftwoodplayers.com, or call the box office at 425-774-9600. All shows are at the Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds.
The new season lineup:
- “The Unexpected Guest”: Sept. 13 to 29. Seems an open and shut case when a stranger walks in from the fog to a house in Wales and discovers a man murdered with his wife standing over him with a gun. However, the woman’s confession is weak and the unexpected guest decides to help her and blame the murder on an intruder. When the police get involved, the plot really thickens.
- “The Fall of the House of Usher”: Oct. 10 to 23. This classic Poe tale is adapted as a detective thriller set in 1930s Boston. Played as a series as quick-paced flashbacks, this new story is relentlessly terrifying.
- “The Wizard of Oz”: Nov. 29 to Dec. 15. Life always seems brighter on the other side of the rainbow especially for Dorothy of Kansas who takes a dreamlike journey during a tornado to a land where she meets dear friends but also faces harsh dangers.
- Self-Composed — Spotlight on Local Playwrights: Jan. 16 to 19. This is a new play by a young Bellingham author that explores the confusion of adolescence.
- “Steel Magnolias”: Feb. 14 to March 2. Like a tray of freshly baked hush puppies, this slice of Southern life warms the soul as six women reveal their fears, secrets and loves at Truvy’s beauty salon and their strong bond is what the pack clings to when tragedy strikes.
- “Greater Tuna”: March 13 to 16. This satire of a small town in Texas is a farce of quick-change costumes as two actors take on 20 characters.
- “Thugs — A Musical Mafiasco”: April 18 to May 11. This new musical comedy, set in 1929, features two thugs banished from Chicago and forced to find work in Shady Groves as bodyguards for a man and a woman, who are both disguised as the late Anthony Sartori. The show continues its craziness of mistaken identities, but adds on two feuding crime lords, their lovesick children and an effeminate hit man.
- “Good ol’ Times Radio Show”: May 17 to 18. This is a simulated radio broadcast that features the voice talent of Larry Albert.
- “Sin, Sex &The C.I.A.”: June 12 to 29, 2014. There are multiple misunderstandings, missed cues and unwanted romantic attentions as an inept CIA agent and an under Secretary of State are sent to a safe house in the mountains of Virginia to begin negotiations to place the Chagos Islands under U.S. protection.
- Fifth Annual Festival of Shorts: July 11 to 13, 2014 A line-up of playwright finalists exhibit their innovative, hilarious or profound 15 minutes of stage time and the audience gets to choose the winner.
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; email@example.com