Let's get this out of the way at the top: Christopher Durang's "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You" may offend some people. Satires are supposed to; the good ones find a greater truth that way.
The Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse production of this black comedy about a nun and her skewed zealotry has already angered plenty of folks, resulting in yet another controversy about art, free speech, public funding and censorship. Those wanting to shut it down condemn it as anti-Christian.
"Sister Mary" does try to expose what Durang sees as religious hypocrisies and contradictions, but the focus is really on moral and intellectual tyranny. Besides, even if Durang's target is Roman Catholicism, isn't that an institution strong enough to withstand criticism?
Regardless of the feelings this play generates, one thing can be said about the Costa Mesa production: It's a good effort, one that is generally true to Durang's intent and does not try to soft-pedal his style. It's not without flaws, but by Orange County community theater standards, this is a brave staging.