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Late Night Catechism
January 29-31, 2014
7:30 p.m. | $45.50 & $50.50
More info: http://bit.ly/1EYHHzQ
1111 SW Broadway Dr, Portland, OR 97205
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play that takes the audience back to their youth. The irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of “students.” Throughout the course of the class the benevolent instructor rewards the “students” for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. However, even the most reluctant “students” will be clamoring to get into this Sister’s class. Now in its 20th year, Late Nite Catechism has brought its nostalgic kick to every state in the U.S. as well as to Canada, the U.K., and Australia.
“Hilarious!” applauds Fox TV News and the thousand who have laughed themselves to tears at the interactive off-Broadway comedy classic Late Nite Catechism.
As you step into the international hit comedy Late Nite Catechism by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, the checkered linoleum and habit-clad nun of a thought-forgot Catholic school day past rush back to greet you. The scene’s authenticity filled The Chicago Tribune with an “almost wistful nostalgia for the bygone days of Latin Mass.” Taking a place in the audience among fellow students, Catholics and non-Catholics alike become part of what is sure to be the most hilarious and enjoyable adult catechism class ever attended. “It speaks,” says The New York Times, “to an audience much broader than the membership of any one church,” making Late Nite Catechism and the laughter it never fails to elicit accessible to all.
The authoritarian whims of Sister steer the course of the evening as she doles out glow-in-the-dark rosaries at one moment, and confiscates lipsticks and candy at the next. “She is not,” however, notes The Daily News, “there to enforce discipline. She’s there to make people laugh, and laugh they do as she attempts to explain Catholic doctrine.” Late Nite Catechism engages audience members in a mock question and answer session that includes, relates The Villager, “a salty, down-to-earth guided tour of ‘Lives of the Saints.’” The Chicago Sun-Times, beguiled by the rollicking lesson, relates that audiences can’t help but “laugh at Sister when she comes in and miss her when she leaves.” The Bottom Line underscores the show’s hilarious momentum when they note that “Sister’s ability to improvise, answer her students’ questions, and at the same time keep her off-the-wall lesson moving makes the show a real hoot.”
Bridging the formerly-thought enormous gap between stand-up comedy and Catholic rhetoric, Late Nite Catechism enchants. Relates Newsday: “Sister offers a funny, sometimes sharply satiric, but always affectionate look at an old-fashioned religious.” Those who survived the torrents of a catechismic past will no doubt find themselves wishing their former days might have been as full of laughs and hilarity as Late Nite Catechism, but surely all will agree with The Los Angeles Times when they laud that “Sister’s lovingly rendered creation is inspired entertainment.” Late Nite Catechism, says The Explorer, “is the real thing – it is funny, witty, well-written and one of the most enjoyable evenings of theatre that you could hope to find.”