Jared Bowen shared two ways for you to get caught in act this weekend — with the lighthearted comedies "Sister Act" and "The Servant of Two Masters."
The creators of the musical “Sister Act” undertook a big challenge. The play, which is based on the famed 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, has to channel Goldberg and incorporate song — all while balancing comic relief with the play’s dark subject matter.
The play, which is set in the 1970s, follows Deloris Van Cartier, a woman who dreams of being a lounge singer. Unfortunately, her dreams are cut short when she witnesses a murder committed by her boyfriend. To avoid being his next victim, Deloris must go undercover in a convent.
At times, the balance between humor and the macabre becomes tense — like the musical number about how Deloris’ boyfriend is going to disembowel her. But despite the contrast, the play becomes a truly fun and inspiring production to watch. If you can wait patiently through the play’s rocky start, you’ll see the light at its end.
This production is a little dose of theatrical Zoloft for us all as we struggle through the depths of January. Director Christopher Bayes and ArtsEmerson have created an utterly hilarious and wonderfully fine-tuned production of this play, which was written by Carlo Goldoni in the 18th century.
At the center of the slapstick plot is a dimwitted servant who has managed to get hired by two masters. Endeavoring to get two salaries, he strives to please both bosses — to no avail.
From the punch lines to the costumes, each piece of this production is fun and colorful. Congratulations to ArtsEmerson, as well, for incorporating so much improvisation into the production; the spontaneity helps the play’s energy stay high and the jokes fly fast. And these jokes aren’t just 18th century standbys — the cast takes aim at everything from the Green Line to Scott Brown.