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STAGE REVIEW

Freewheeling nunsense in ‘Divine Sister’

Jeffery Roberson as Mother Superior in SpeakEasy Stage Company’s “The Divine Sister.’’ Jeffery Roberson as Mother Superior in SpeakEasy Stage Company’s “The Divine Sister.’’ (craig bailey/perspective)
By Don Aucoin
Globe Staff / October 25, 2011

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Attempts to resist the deranged charms of Charles Busch’s “The Divine Sister’’ - now receiving its New England premiere in a rollicking, hugely enjoyable SpeakEasy Stage Company production directed by Larry Coen and starring Jeffery Roberson, a.k.a. Varla Jean Merman - will probably prove futile. Roberson’s performance as the imperious but oddly endearing Mother Superior is a marvel of sly craft and outsize personality that adds up to a nun who is both larger and funnier than life.

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THE DIVINE SISTER

Play by Charles Busch

Directed: by Larry Coen

Sets, Cristina Todesco. Lights, Daniel H. Jentzen. Costumes, Charles Schoonmaker. Original music/sound, Arshan Gailus.

Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company. At: Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston. Through Nov. 19. Tickets $30-$55, 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com