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Charles Busch's THE DIVINE SISTER Begins Final 2 Weeks of Performances, Closes Sun, May 1





This is Charles Busch’s freshest, funniest work in years, perhaps decades.”

--  Ben Brantley, The New York Times

THE DIVINE SISTER, the hit comedy written by and starring Charles Busch, begins its final two weeks of performances tonight at 8 PM at the SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street). The show will play its final performance on Sunday, May 1.  THE DIVINE SISTER will have played 253 regular performances and 9 previews making it one of the longest running hits of Busch’s Off-Broadway career.

THE DIVINE SISTER is directed by Busch’s long time collaborator Carl Andress and currently stars Marcy McGuigan, Amy Rutberg, Jennifer Van Dyck, Jonathan Walker, and Julie Halston.

Produced by Daryl Roth and Bob Boyett, the creative team includes: Scenic and Graphic Design by B.T. Whitehill, Costume Design by Fabio Toblini, Lighting Design by Kirk Bookman, Sound Design by Jill BC DuBoff, Wig Design by Katherine Carr, and Original Music by Lewis Flinn.

THE DIVINE SISTER is Charles Busch’s outrageous comic homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns: The Song of Bernadette, The Bells of St. Mary’s, The Singing Nun and Agnes of God. THE DIVINE SISTER tells the story of St. Veronica’s indomitable Mother Superior (played by the legendary Charles Busch). Come join this madcap trip through Tinseltown religiosity from the creator of Die Mommie Die, Psycho Beach Party and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.

THE DIVINE SISTER began previews on Sunday, September 12 and opened Wednesday, September 22 to unanimous raves from critics. Below is a sampling of the reviews for THE DIVINE SISTER:

“Paradise awaits you just south of Houston Street where Charles Busch is evidently receiving blessed counsel from God himself with THE DIVINE SISTER, his gleefully twisted tale of the secret lives of nuns that is his freshest, funniest work in years, perhaps decades. Busch’s machine-gun dialogue is directed at an exhilarating tempo by Carl Andress and features cheerfully wicked performances. Julie Halston is delivering a comic master class as Sister Acacius.  Jennifer Van Dyck is impeccable, Jonathan Walker is terrific, and Amy Rutberg is delightful as the fresh-faced postulant. The production features cheerfully wicked sets by B. T. Whitehill and costumes by Fabio Toblini.”

n  Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“Anyone hoping to keep a straight face in Charles Busch’s hysterical THE DIVINE SISTER hasn’t got a prayer. The laughter is non-stop. The impeccable Charles Busch doesn’t miss a beat as Mother Superior and he is blessed with a brilliant company of some of the most talented actors on any New York stage right now. Julie Halston is hilarious. Under Carl Andress' spunky direction, there’s so much humor packed into the 90 minute DIVINE SISTER, its comic heaven.”

n  Roma Torre, NY1

“THE DIVINE SISTER is a gleefully inspired parody with all the joyful exuberance of early Busch classics. In a crass and sullen world, this kind of sublime comedy is not only refreshing, it's necessary. Jennifer Van Dyck plays Mrs. Levinson to snooty perfection. Helmer Carl Andress runs a tight ship, carefully maintaining the balance between high comedy, ingenious plot and character parody, on the one hand, and lowdown comedy on the other. The crisp production features nose on costumes by Fabio Toblini and amusing cartoonish set by B.T. Whitehill.”

n  Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“A divine comedy that is a kooky habit-forming romp. Expert comediennes Amy Rutberg and Jennifer Van Dyck look like they're having a ball under Carl Andress’ zippy direction while Jonathan Walker plays the manly man with tongue firmly planted in cheek.”

n  Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post

“THE DIVINE SISTER provides about as much fun as you can have in a theater. When they talk about a laugh riot, this is it. One of Busch’s funniest shows in years, featuring 90 minutes of non-stop chuckles, chortles, whoops and howls. Carl Andress direction perfectly captures Busch's antic spirit with bravura acting from a terrific cast that keeps the laughs rolling.”

n  Robert Feldberg, The Bergen Record

Tickets for THE DIVINE SISTER are on sale now via, or by calling OvationTix 212-352-3101, or at the SoHo Playhouse box office (15 Vandam Street between Sixth Avenue and Varick Street; Monday through Sunday NOON – 6 PM). Tickets for Tuesday through Sunday matinee performances are $75.00. Student rush tickets are available for THE DIVINE SISTER on the day of the performance at the box office pending availability. Tickets are $25 (cash only) and limit of two tickets per valid student ID.


  • Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3 PM.

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