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Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You & The Actor's Nightmare

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"Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You" is a black comedy about Catholicism.

"An Actor's Nightmare" is also a black comedy; a one-hander. An unprepared actor in an unnamed play is forced to take the place of a leading actor.
Hardcover, 71 pages
Published June 14th 2004 by Dramatists Play Service (first published October 1st 1981)
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Jean
Oct 17, 2016 Jean rated it liked it
Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You is a black comedy about Catholicism. Sister Mary Ignatius is giving a lecture, and the theatre audience are the students. She points to drawings of the Earth, the moon and the sun. Then she points to drawings of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory and also Limbo, explaining that this is where unbaptized babies are sent. She explains to her audience about the “Immaculate Conception” and which sins send you to Hell,

“Murder, sex outside marriage, highjacking a p
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Elizabeth
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We have all heard the horror stories about nuns and the shenanigans that take place in the classroom. This play gives you the "inside look". It is a look that I will not easily forget!

Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You is definitely what I would call a black comedy. The playwright Christopher Durang, raised a Roman Catholic, pokes fun at the Catholic belief system via Sister Mary Ignatius. While holding a seminar, Sister Mary shares the basics beliefs of the Catholic religion. Her fa
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Glen Engel-Cox
I had seen Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You years ago when I was living in Austin, remembered it fondly, so I picked it up back in December while I was working on my own one-act play (which I have now finished and feel quite pleased with). Durang spears the Catholic faith without mercy, and this would be hard to watch if it also wasn't so funny. And while Catholics may have the most problem with some of this, other literal beliefs might be surprised to find themselves reflected in Si ...more
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Apr 27, 2013 Ensiform rated it really liked it
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"Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You": I'm hesitant to call it only my second reading, since I was in it at 12 and probably read it dozens of times, but for simplicity's sake I will. Coming back to it after a decade, I see that this is a very brave play, poking fun at the long-standing traditions of some fairly humorless people. It flings homosexuality, abortion and single mothers into the fray, almost as a sidebar to the main controversy, rape and cancer in a world which a good God is ...more
Helen
Mar 25, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it
Sister Mary Ignatius... and The Actor's Nightmare are two short plays by Christopher Durang, originally performed in the early Eighties. Both are bitingly funny satires on the psychology of belief and belonging. In The Actor's Nightmare an accountant named George wakes up on a stage and is thrust in three different roles, taking over for an actor named Eddie who has been injured in a car accident. The comedy of errors that draws him through Coward, Shakespeare, and Beckett is a smooth transition ...more
Dan
Oct 31, 2014 Dan rated it really liked it
Two tremendous plays I hadn't thought about in over 20 years. Like others here, I played Thomas in Sister Mary... as a young man and much of the humor was lost on me at the time. I recalled some details of both plays, but I'd forgotten how fantastic The Actor's Nightmare is. I do recall the audiences enjoying both plays very much, but especially Nightmare.
Molly
Aug 02, 2011 Molly rated it it was amazing
Of course, I love "The Actor's Nightmare" but "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You" is side splittingly funny. I guess it's because I am Catholic and because I love black humor. Christopher Durang is edgy and witty so if you're expecting Neil Simon, you probably want to read something else.
Sea Urchin
Aug 04, 2010 Sea Urchin rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved it!! Great humor and crazy character! Sister Mary Ignatius is so nuts and this is whats intriguing about her...
Taylor Miller
Jul 16, 2015 Taylor Miller rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book because while on the surface it shows what happens when you don't rehearse when going deeper it shows how close nightmares and reality truly are.
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Apr 19, 2014 Michelle Bizzell rated it liked it
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The Actor's Nightmare was hilarious (mostly because of how true it was), but I just couldn't get into Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All.
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