March 31, 2006
Local theatergoers looking for something to do on a Monday night can rest easily. Catechism classes are open once more. That's "Late Nite Catechism 2," the dark-night entertainment that's been offered at the Laguna Playhouse for the past few years. The current offering is a sequel of sorts to the original "Late Nite Catechism," which opened in the fall of 2003 and has kept on going and going, somewhat like the Energizer Bunny. And, for those whose Monday nights are filled with other activities, Sister will be available for instruction on selected Sunday evenings as well.
April 23, 2004
Tom Titus It's not out of the realm of possibility that, within the next few months, you'll be reading an ad for a show that's "in its second year at the Laguna Playhouse." True, the theater's regular productions are carefully scheduled for a pre-set number of weeks, then depart to make room for the next attraction. But if you're a "dark night" show, performing only Monday evenings, it's an open-ended engagement. Back in September, when the playhouse was opening its 2003-04 season with a revival of the comedy "Harvey," directors penciled in a one-woman show entitled "Late Nite Catechism" to fill the Monday night slots.
January 23, 2004
Tom Titus When a show proves extremely popular at the Laguna Playhouse, holding it over is not among the theater's options. The show must vacate the premises so that the next scheduled production may move in. That is, unless the show is occupying the theater only on Mondays -- "dark nights" for the playhouse, which showcases its regularly scheduled fare Tuesdays through Sundays. If a dark night show is a big hit, it conceivably could run forever. Which is precisely what "Late Nite Catechism" seems to be doing.
August 15, 2003
Tom Titus They're lining up to take "Late Nite Catechism" at the Laguna Playhouse every Monday night, so the hilarious exercise in religion classes with a comic twist has been extended through early October. It's not difficult to see why. The one-woman show by Vicki Quade and Marypat Donovan has filled the pews -- er, seats -- every Monday night while the cast of the summer show "Harvey" takes a well-earned respite. The production, originally headlined by Donovan herself, but now featuring other actresses alternating in the sister's role, offers the audience a chance to get into the act -- whether they want to or not. "Sister" will aim her satirical barbs at underdressed women, public displays of affection and anyone unfortunate enough to require a bathroom break while "class" is in session.
January 14, 2005
TOM TITUS Much like the Energizer bunny, "Late Nite Catechism" just keeps going and going at the Laguna Playhouse on Monday nights. Playhouse executive director Richard Stein has announced yet another holdover -- the 12th to date -- of the one-nun stand-up comedy production, which has held forth at the theater since July 21, 2003. The current "closing date" now is listed as March 14. For those of you keeping score, the popular interactive theater presentation has played 58 times since then and has been seen by more than 19,000 theatergoers -- many of them undoubtedly coming back for seconds, or thirds.
November 28, 2003
Tom Titus The way things are going, the Laguna Playhouse probably should have scheduled its "dark night" production of "Late Nite Catechism" as a regular entry on the production schedule. Back in September, the theater brought the hilarious piece of nunsense (sorry, that's another show) in to fill in the week's empty space on Monday nights when the "Harvey" cast took a breather. The one-woman show seemed perfect as a dark night filler, but word got around quickly that this was an attraction not to be missed.
November 16, 2007
Artists join up for holiday sale A group of 10 local artists will host a ?From Pearls to Paint? Thanksgiving weekend holiday sale at the Bridge Hall in Congregational Church, at the corner of Saint Anns Drive and Glenneyre Street. Fine art, photography, jewelry and handmade crafts will be among the items featured. The sale will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 23 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 24. For more information, call (949) 494-6220 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Catechism returns for Christmas run The Laguna Playhouse brings back the hit comedy ?
October 29, 2004
Tom Titus Leave it to the Laguna Playhouse to come up with new and different plays that the majority of its audience is entirely unacquainted with. The current season at the playhouse is replete with unfamiliar titles, and the lone remaining slot finally has been filled with another one. It's Charles Busch's "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" ticketed for the May 28 to June 26 slot. Oh, and "Late Nite Catechism" might be around still.
April 10, 2009
The art of improvisational comedy is one of the trickiest forms of showmanship, and performing it solo certainly increases the degree of difficulty, but for Maripat Donovan it’s just another day in the classroom. Donovan dons a nun’s habit and performs her unscripted, audience-participatory evening of entertainment entitled “Late Nite Catechism,” and she’s done three versions of it previously on the stage of the Laguna Playhouse. Now she’s back for a fourth, and this time she’s targeting couples.
June 27, 2003
Tom Titus "Dark nights" at the Laguna Playhouse during the run of "Harvey" next month will refer only to dark humor. Beginning July 21, and continuing through Aug. 25, the playhouse will fill its Monday evenings with the Orange County premiere of "Late Nite Catechism," the comedic one-woman show by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan. The solo two-acter will feature Donovan, co-author and the original "Sister," for the first three Monday performances.