First imported to America via Brazil in 1998, [Nunsense A-Men!] swaps out the all-female cast of Dan Goggin's ever-popular 1985 musical Nunsense while keeping everything else the same — including infamous scenes like the vulgar puppet and the innuendo-laden cooking segment.
"It's not a drag show," says Mark Pleasant, who plays Sister Mary Hubert in Spokane Civic Theatre's upcoming production of Nunsense A-Men. "Even though we're men, we believe we're female nuns. At one point in time, I talk about when I was a little girl. And if we do the job right, you're slowly going to forget that it's five men up there. But that makes it even funnier, because you're not going overboard."
Pleasant has observed Nunsense from the wings ever since it was first performed at the Civic in 1990. To him, Kathie Doyle-Lipe, a doyenne of the Spokane stage, has a definitive claim on the character of Sister Mary Hubert.
"Those are some big tap shoes to fill. I'm hoping to do her proud," he says. "I've seen these women do it for so many years — Kathie, Jean Hardie, and back in the day Marilyn Langbehn. I'm excited to have them come and see our little testosterone take on it."
-E.J. Iannelli, The Inlander
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