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Critics Sing High Praise for THE DIVINE SISTER

CRITICS SING HIGH PRAISE

FOR CHARLES BUSCH’S

THE DIVINE SISTER

“Cue the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus,

Charles Busch has returned to peak form with THE DIVINE SISTER,

his freshest, funniest work in years, perhaps decades.”

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Last week, THE DIVINE SISTER, the newest comedy written by and starring Charles Busch, opened to unanimous rave reviews from critics.  Directed by Busch’s long time collaborator Carl Andress, the production also stars Alison Fraser, Amy Rutberg, Jennifer Van Dyck, Jonathan Walker, and Julie Halston.

Below is a sampling of what the critics have been saying about THE DIVINE SISTER:

“Paradise awaits you just south of Houston Street where Charles Busch is evidently receiving blessed counsel from God himself with THE DIVINE SISTER, his gleefully twisted tale of the secret lives of nuns that is his freshest, funniest work in years, perhaps decades. Busch’s machine-gun dialogue is directed at an exhilarating tempo by Carl Andress and features cheerfully wicked performances. Alison Fraser is priceless as a recent transplant from Berlin and Julie Halston is delivering a comic master class as Sister Acacius.  Jennifer Van Dyck is impeccable, Jonathan Walker is terrific, and Amy Rutberg is delightful as the fresh-faced postulant. The production features cheerfully wicked sets by B. T. Whitehill and costumes by Fabio Toblini.”

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“Anyone hoping to keep a straight face in Charles Busch’s hysterical THE DIVINE SISTER hasn’t got a prayer. The laughter is non-stop. The impeccable Charles Busch doesn’t miss a beat as Mother Superior and he is blessed with a brilliant company of some of the most talented actors on any New York stage right now. Julie Halston is hilarious and the wonderful Alison Fraser is oh so divine. Under Carl Andress’ spunky direction, there’s so much humor packed into the 90 minute DIVINE SISTER, its comic heaven.”

Roma Torre, NY1

“THE DIVINE SISTER is a gleefully inspired parody with all the joyful exuberance of early Busch classics. In a crass and sullen world, this kind of sublime comedy is not only refreshing, it’s necessary. Jennifer Van Dyck plays Mrs. Levinson to snooty perfection. The incomparable Alison Fraser is a piece de resistance of religious lunacy. Helmer Carl Andress runs a tight ship, carefully maintaining the balance between high comedy, ingenious plot and character parody, on the one hand, and lowdown comedy on the other. The crisp production features nose on costumes by Fabio Toblini and amusing cartoonish set by B.T. Whitehill.”

Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“A divine comedy that is a kooky habit-forming romp. Expert comediennes Alison Fraser, Amy Rutberg and Jennifer Van Dyck look like they’re having a ball under Carl Andress’ zippy direction while Jonathan Walker plays the manly man with tongue firmly planted in cheek.”

Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post

“Audiences will laugh themselves silly at the always irreverent 90 minutes of twisted fun. The whole cast and B.T. Whitehill’s low-budget, winking scenery merit an amen.”

Joe Dziemianowicz, The Daily News

“THE DIVINE SISTER is an irreverent and inspired comedy that should be enjoyed like a madcap dessert. The legendary Charles Busch is truly divine as a Mother Superior with some questionable ethics, but whose heart’s in the right place. Julie Halston is robustly funny while Alison Fraser is delightful.”

Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press

“THE DIVINE SISTER provides about as much fun as you can have in a theater. When they talk about a laugh riot, this is it. One of Busch’s funniest shows in years, featuring 90 minutes of non-stop chuckles, chortles, whoops and howls. Carl Andress direction perfectly captures Busch’s antic spirit with bravura acting from a terrific cast that keeps the laughs rolling.”

n  Robert Feldberg, The Bergen Record

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DIVINE SISTER

THE DIVINE SISTER is Charles Busch’s outrageous comic homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns: The Song of Bernadette, The Bells of St. Mary’s, The Singing Nun and Agnes of God. THE DIVINE SISTER tells the story of St. Veronica’s indomitable Mother Superior (played by the legendary Charles Busch).  Come join this madcap trip through Tinseltown religiosity from the creator of Die Mommie Die, Psycho Beach Party and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.

The creative team includes:  Scenic and Graphic Design by B.T. Whitehill, Costume Design by Fabio Toblini, Lighting Design by Kirk Bookman, Sound Design by Jill BC DuBoff, Wig Design by Katherine Carr, and Original Music by Lewis Flinn.

Tickets for THE DIVINE SISTER are on sale now via www.Ovationtix.com, by calling 212-691-1555, or at the SoHo Playhouse box office (15 Vandam Street between Sixth Avenue and Varick Street). Tickets for Tuesday through Sunday matinee performances are $75.00. Tickets for Sunday evening performances are $45.

For directions to the SoHo Playhouse and other information about the venue, please visit: www.SoHoPlayhouse.com.

Performance schedule for THE DIVINE SISTER is:

REGULAR PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (STARTING TODAY, SEPTEMBER 27)

  • Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM.

HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE SCHEDULES

  • THANKSGIVING WEEK: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28: Monday through Wednesday at 8 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM.
  • CHRISTMAS WEEK: MONDAY, DECEMBER 20 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26: Tuesday through Friday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 3 PM (6 performances).
  • NEW YEAR’S WEEK: MONDAY, DECEMBER 27 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 2: Monday through Thursday at 8 PM, Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM.
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