In Play Reviews

Thanks to Julia, Child of God, chef at the Little Sisters of Hoboken Convent, 52 holy sisters have expired. There was a small problem with the vichyssoise, and the resulting 48 funerals have cleaned out the convent’s coffers. Thus, four deceased sisters are stored in the convent deep freeze until they can be laid to rest.

Danielle Valentine and Dan Murphy in Nunsense. Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer.

Such is the untenable situation facing the Reverend Mother (Broadway Rose Managing Director Dan Murphy) and the remaining 19 Little Sisters of Hoboken in Nunsense, now playing at Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Tigard. To cover funeral costs, Reverend Mother and four of the surviving sisters–Sister Mary Hubert (Antonia Darlene), Sister Robert Anne (Danielle Valentine), Sister Mary Amnesia (Laura McCulloch), and Sister Mary Leo (Malia Tippets)–create a variety show, using their talents to raise money for the frozen sisters’ burials.

Malia Tippets in Nunsense at Broadway Rose Theatre Company. Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer.


And quite a show it is! Be prepared for excellent singing, dancing, and plenty of jokes of the ecumenical persuasion, not to mention a ballerina, and a trash-talking puppet. There is a reason this musical is called Nunsense. Inspired by vaudeville shows, it’s a rollicking two hours of fun for all ages.

Laura McCulloch with her puppet Sister Mary Annette in Nunsense at Broadway Rose. Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer.




The book, music and lyrics for Nunsense are written by Dan Goggin in 1985. What began as a greeting card line went on to become the second-longest-running Off-Broadway show in history. Broadway Rose Artistic Director Sharon Maroney directs the show, with choreography by Dan Murphy and music direction by Jeffrey Childs. Scenic design is by Larry Larsen, costumes by Grace O’Malley, lighting by Jeff Forbes, and sound by Brian K. Moen.

Antonia Darlene, Dan Murphy, and Laura McCulloch in Nunsense. Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer.

Nunsense runs through February 24 at the Broadway Rose New Theatre, 12850 SW Grant Avenue, Tigard. This play is the first in Broadway Rose’s 28th season!




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