Theater Don’t show up late. It will cost you $1. And brush up on your Catholic mythology while you’re at it. It could earn you a glow-in-the-dark rosary.
The Indiana Repertory Theatre is hosting Late Nite Catechism, a part theater, part improv comedy one-woman show starring Kimberly Richards as Sister. Sister is teaching an adult Catholic catechism class, and you are her students.
From collections for the Pagan Baby Program to gum confiscation (literally) to fond reminiscences about breaking rulers over naughty hands, Sister takes you on a quick romp through what growing up Catholic was like. I say was because, as is touched on in the show, it’s a fading generation that remembers ruler-wielding, habit-wearing nuns in the classroom — or nuns in the classroom at all — anymore. (A 14-year Catholic school veteran myself, I had only two nuns as teachers during my first 12 years.) Sadly, the show (which was also performed a while back at the short-lived theater in Circle Centre Mall) won’t be quite as funny to those who haven’t at least heard the horror stories of tyrannical nuns of yore.
Richards, as Sister, however, is brutal. If you are afraid of being singled out, God help you if you act up in class, give a smart-ass answer or otherwise displease her. Your embarrassment is the joke for the rest of us. Richards handles her part well, though. During her open Q&A, she fluctuated between fluid joke-making and some serious commentary on the recent scandals in the Church, women in the priesthood and more. And, depending on the crowd, you may get a good zinger from the audience. One theater-goer on a required age restriction for the pope: He’s done when he’s “too pooped to pope.”
Late Nite Catechism runs through July 18, Thursdays-Sundays. Tickets are $28-$30; 635-5252.