Sunday, April 22, 2018
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'Divine Sister' brings funny nuns back to Stageworks

What the world needs now, is nuns, more nuns. And it's exactly what we'll get when The Divine Sister makes a short repeat appearance at Stageworks Theatre in Tampa this weekend. The satirical take on Hollywood films and faith by Charles Busch nods at a litany of old movies, including The Song of Bernadette, The Bells of St. Mary's, Agnes of God and The Singing Nun. The story follows Mother Superior, a Pittsburgh nun with a mission to build a new school for her convent, all while navigating a cast of problematic students and sexually hysterical sisters. Busch, known for writing such fare as Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, played the Mother Superior role in the show's New York debut. Locally, ever busy performer Matthew McGee tackles the habit in the show, which had a successful first run at Stageworks in February. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa. $30, (813)374-2416. stageworkstheatre.org.

Stephanie Hayes, Times performing arts critic

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