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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through July 10 2016

Gay royalty Charles Busch lovingly mashes up golden-era nun flicks in this drag farce presented by Hell in a Handbag. As Mother Superior, David Cerda shares Busch's appreciation of old-Hollywood stylistic tropes, particularly when they're combined with naughty camp. It's fun to see director Shade Murray bring his professionalism to this pageant-style silliness, and he indulges in the best way possible with Charlotte Mae Ellison and Chad's float-size turns as a miraculous sister and a weapons-grade atheist. The site-specific location offers limited returns (sure, there's a bar in back, but the phrase "cunt face" goes down easier outside of a church), and the wackiness wears after 90 minutes or so, but Chad's male-male drag performance as a schoolboy earns big laughs every time. —Dan Jakes

Price: $16. $38 VIP (includes drink ticket)

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