Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Theater review: Late Nite Catechism

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Late Nite Catechism

Booth Playhouse

Oct. 6, 2009


The Deal: One-woman act, titled Late Night Catechism kicks off at Booth Playhouse. In the show, the “Sister,” played by Mary Zentmyer, dishes out her thoughts on both Catholicism and her “class” – the audience.

The Good: The show, which is part stand-up, will have you on the edge of your seat, as you attempt to control yourself … and your laugher, all during pretend (and crazy!) catechism-like “class.” Though the show is for anyone, but it wouldn’t hurt to be familiar with your Catholicism - that way when “Sister” asks questions, you can volunteer some answers. Just don’t be chewing gum or showing off cleavage while you do so, “Sister” doesn’t like that.

For the most part, the show is humor-driven, but be prepared for some funny religion overload. Zentmyer is almost schizophrenic in her ability crank out jokes while turning harshly on the “class” (audience) for one reason or another - it’s all in good fun, though.

The Bad: Being called out by the “Sister.” This could be frightening, and maybe even a little embarrassing, if you’re not in a playful mood or you just can't take things like that. But, audience-interaction in this show isn’t heavy duty … “Sister” picks just a few gems to shine.

The Verdict: “Class” goes by fast in performances of Late Nite Catechism. Funny, entertaining lessons are taught and come together for nun-other than a unique theater experience. Shows continue through Oct. 11. For more information, click here.

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