Picks and Pans Review: Sister Mary Explains It All
Hang onto your rosary beads. Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You has finally made it from stage to screen—to the small screen, that is, and with a shortened title. More than 20 years after it was first produced Off-Broadway, Christopher Durang's black comedy retains much of its capacity to amuse and offend.
Four disillusioned thirtysome-things (Laura San Giacomo, Brian Benben, Jennifer Tilly and Wallace Langham) set out to show up their third-grade teacher, ultradogmatic Sister Mary Ignatius (Diane Keaton), at her annual Christmas lecture. The confrontation turns angry, then violent, and Durang hurls many a barb certain to raise the hackles of traditional Catholics. Keaton isn't intimidating enough, and it's not hard to tell you're watching a padded one-act play. But if you ever knew a Sister Mary type, you'll stay in your seat.
Bottom Line: Don't be marked absent