Through November 18
THE CONVENT Compass Performing Arts Center/Brazen-Faced Varlets
The image of women considering becoming nuns involves an iron-willed novice mistress re-shaping their souls.
That’s not exactly the mother abbess of Jessica Dickey’s “The Convent.”
Pamela Rose Mangus’ Mother Abbess is very different and the six women in in her class are also different.
This isn’t that scenery of women in clerical robes singing Gregorian chant under a soaring roof.
After all, this summer session is apparently based in an “abandoned” monastery, something shown by Heather Fangsruds’ set, with its many doors and decaying look.
Each woman is there for a different reason, particularly Patti (Sandra Roberts) who has been coming for years and that’s only explained late in the show.
The other women have different reasons for being in the convent and most are far distant from the celibacy associated with people in the religious life.
The show is filled with hints of drugs, sex and foul language and evidence what’s going on is far from the lives of the canonized nuns each woman is required to learn about, like St. Teresa of Avila.
The play is interesting, with an unexpected ending.
I just wish all of the cast members of “The Convent” had the projection needed for the Compass, the former TheatreLoft.
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