The Divine Sister and Alphabetical Order Have Entertaining Habits

Charles Busch and Michael Frayn kid familiar targets: nuns and librarians

The thinning, however, doesn't diminish either the exuberance of Frayn's best linguistic volleys or the sparkle of Forsman's production, catching the play's tempo and tone with eager acuteness. Reed and Connell, at the center of the maelstrom, shine with special brilliance. The one false note, surely as much Forsman's fault as the performer's, is Weston's rendering of the implacable assistant, all downturned mouth and screechy-voiced negativity, making it hard to believe the bright-eyed folk around her would take her seriously for one second.

Batty fun: Charles Busch and Jennifer Van Dyck in The Divine Sister
David Rodgers
Batty fun: Charles Busch and Jennifer Van Dyck in The Divine Sister

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The Divine Sister
By Charles Busch
SoHo Playhouse
15 Vandam Street
212-691-1555, sohoplayhouse.com

Alphabetical Order
By Michael Frayn
Clurman Theatre, Theater Row
410 West 42nd Street
212-239-6200, keencompany.org

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