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Is this really supposed to be uplifting?

Some shows are specifically made for people go to the theater to find a bit of God. Sound of Music, Children of Eden, Joseph, Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar...the list goes on and on. And those are just the ones where it's obvious. There are plenty of musicals and plays with religious themes and motifs throughout. These shows are often uplifting, filled with positive messages, and are often more about love and caring for one another, rather than the religious messages themselves.

If you're looking to sit down to find God, you'd be far better off at the Book of Mormon than Sister Act, and it would be far less offensive too. This may come as a surprise to some, but Sister Act's archaic jokes regarding race, class, gender, sexuality, and religion are so incredibly negative. I've never spent more time in a theater seat more uncomfortable with what was being said onstage.

One of the major differences between this show and Book of Mormon is that the latter is specially credited with bearing a positive message, and a happy storyline that is about community, love, and togetherness. Sister Act is all about making jabs at religion in quick succession, poking fun at the vows of those who are committed to something they care passionately about. They're not being friendly when they make fun of what nuns eat, of what nuns do day by day, they're mocking them. "Only when you're miserable can you feel truly blessed," they say, because it sucks to be religious, and you can't be happy and devout. 

This show paints religious people in a negative and mocking light. However, it is a well put together production with a strong leading actor, and an in sync ensemble. The costumes are complimentary to the experiences of the characters, the actors are well cast, and they are absolutely doing something spectacular with some mostly crappy source material. What saves Sister Act are the musical numbers, which are upbeat, exciting, and well sung. The drab, predictable, cheese ball fluff that happens in between just pulls the entire quality down.

Sister act, overall, is a very well put together show, but know that you won't find god in those pews! Tickets are available online at, in person at the state theater box office, or by calling 1.800.982.278 

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Comment by Dudley Voigt on June 1, 2014 at 11:29pm

I would say the major difference for me between Sister Act and Book of Mormon is that BOM is a satire and is very self-aware whereas Sister Act seems quite, well, sincere I guess in it's jokes and stereotypes. 

This is such an interesting train of thought and analysis.  How could you use more detail from the production to support your issues with the material?  Or you could you let this be both editorial and review.  Since you can't unmake this show from already existing, what can you tell the reader to provoke their own thoughtful analysis, decision, dialogue?


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