Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Nunsense II at the Riverside Center Dinner Theater (review)

Title: Nunsense II: The second coming...
Book, Music, Lyrics: Dan Goggin
Producer: Rollin E. Wehman
Direction and Musical Staging: Vilma Gil
Genre: Musical
Cost: $48.75 (includes meal, does not include bar bill or tip)

This was the last production in the Riverside's 11th season and it was a good one. In fact, with the exception of maybe one or two productions, I've never been disappointed in their shows. It's like each has its own shade of greatness, some just aren't as vibrant as others.

Starting with the meal, the staff at Riverside feeds you well. I had the herb-crusted Tilapia only because the pork chop was marinated in soy sauce (something I don't really like). But the pork chops I saw were more like pork steaks that stood two inches tall. LibraryMom ordered the rotisseries chicken but it was a bit too spicy for her so she ended up eating some regular chicken nuggets. No word on how the garlic alfredo tasted.

The dessert on the menu, chocolate cake, was out so we had an Irish cream pie thing that was light, fluffy, and clearly went too fast. The show drink, the "Bad Habit," was a mix of raspberry and caramel with some vanilla ice cream. A nice combination.

The show had a returning cast member of note, Sister Mary Paul (aka Sister Amnesia) played by Heather McIntosh. Her previous performance in Nunsense was great and her return was nearly as good. And that pretty much sums up the play too. It was almost as good as the first one. But those were some big shoes to fill. And besides, it's so hard to say no to a great cast and crew that entertains and feeds you.

And the best part of the whole evening? I got to celebrate LibraryMom's birthday (the news about an upcoming mystery theater came in a close second though).

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