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Theater & art

Stage Review

‘Sister Act’ doesn’t soar to heavens, but it gives an earthy lift

As one schooled early in life by nuns — some of them pretty forbidding — I’ve followed their journeys through the culture landscape with keen interest.

In 1979, the young Christopher Durang weighed in with a dark and blistering satire, “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You.’’ In the mid-1980s came a much sunnier depiction of the good sisters in “Nunsense,’’ a hugely popular musical comedy that, to this day, always seems to be playing somewhere.

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