Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd / Managing Director: Adrienne Proctor / Editor: Jillian Pritchard Ball

Lyric’s Nunsense Makes Good Sense

                                                                  ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………by Scott Myers

     I had the pleasure of attending the opening night performance of “Nunsense” performed by Lyric Theatre at the Myriad Gardens Water Stage (complete with ducks enjoying the ambiance). One of the staples of OKC’s arts scene did a great job of getting the audience from the outer streets of the metropolis to the cozy confines of the performance venue with ease and aplomb.

     The circular stage is sparsely painted with  some music symbols and some set pieces that look like they were gathered by a mid/high school stage crew, hats off to Scenic Designer Kimberly Powers. Professionally affiliated director, Ashley Wells has done a fine job taking the talent show, presented by the order of the Hoboken Sisters (nuns) and spinning it into an evening of fun and high spirits. Ms. Wells took a handful of 5 nuns and spun them into an enjoyable evening (1 1/2 hours with no intermission) of what life inside their Convent is with one small caveat.

     Brenda Williams as the revered Reverend Mother shines with her musical skills but her comedy chops are on full display when she inadvertently tries to get closer to the top of the church’s steeple. Brooke Melton is the understudy and brings down the house with her song “I Just Want To Be A Star” which sums up her entire shows’ desires. The show is filled with clever bits like Sister Amnesia’s ventriloquist song in which actress Viviana A. Goodwin forgets to not move her lips.  The Sisters move the pace along at a bright clip however when the prerecorded music starts things seem to slow down until the end of the song. 

     Nunsense is a good way to enjoy the talents that Lyric has to offer along with song, dance comedy and  you don’t need to pray that you’ll have a fine time!  Nunsense runs   April 23-May 9, 2021. Their website is www.LyricTheatreOKC.org. Their Box Office is {405} 524-9312.