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By Cindy Frazier | December 19, 2008
It’s Christmas in Laguna Beach and this means it’s time again for that very funny nun to take the stage at Laguna Playhouse. And as always, audience members are part of the script. This year, playwright and performer Maripat Donovan explores her CSI side by staging a reenactment of the Nativity, with the help of her sometimes-reluctant but ever-game “students” — audience members who were informed they would earn a coveted Papal Indulgence by participating.
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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.
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By Tom Titus | September 12, 2008
She convulsed Laguna Playhouse audiences each Monday night for a few years, then made Christmas merrier for a few more. And she’s not finished with us yet. Maripat Donovan has been signed to premiere her one- woman show, “Till Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3,” at the playhouse from March 31 to May 3 next year. Donovan’s comedic creations— “Late Nite Catechism,” “Late Nite Catechism 2” and “Sister’s Christmas Catechism” — all have entertained playhouse audiences in the past.
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July 8, 2005
Tom Titus Maripat Donovan has a pretty big pair of shoes to fill at the Laguna Playhouse -- her own. Donovan is the creator and co-author of a one-nun evening of clerical comedy entitled "Late Nite Catechism." For the past two years, it's been a staple on Monday evenings at the playhouse, only recently ending its lengthy engagement. During its nearly every-Monday run, "Late Nite Catechism" played to more than 24,000 theatergoers in Laguna. The show consists of Donovan (or one of her cohorts)
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By Tom Titus | 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.
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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.
NEWS
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.
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By Tom Titus | June 14, 2012
Maripat Donovan has finally kicked the habit after nearly 20 years. The veteran comic actress, who created the "Sister's Catechism" series and appeared as the know-it-all nun, has a new project and a new calling. She's giving both a test run at the Laguna Playhouse through June 24. This time around, Donovan is helping people fix their relationships in her new show, the world premiere of "Ask Mrs. Honey B., Certified Life Coach," which she co-wrote with director Marc Silva.
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By TOM TITUS | November 18, 2005
The Christmas story has been approached from myriad perspectives by playwrights and storytellers the world over. But the Laguna Playhouse is about to tackle a yuletide question that's been puzzling historians over the ages: Whatever happened to the magi's gold? From the people who brought you "Late Nite Catechism" and its currently running sequel comes a special Christmas-themed performance, opening Monday at the playhouse and playing through Dec. 23. "Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold" promises more of the same sort of ballistic nun humor that marked the first two long-running episodes on the theater's dark nights -- only this "lesson" is focused on the gold coins left to Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus in that stable 2,005 years ago. The setting, as usual, will be a church auditorium, this time replete with Christmas decorations.
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December 31, 2004
Tom Titus Laguna Beach, as we're all aware, is known as the Art Colony. And the upcoming production at the Laguna Playhouse should generate a ton of local interest. It's called "36 Views," and it's all about art. Playwright Naomi Iizuka has woven her story around a document which might be an ancient manuscript -- a priceless Japanese pillow book. In this Southern California premiere production, an art dealer and an art historian endeavor to learn whether their find is authentic.
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By Cindy Frazier | December 19, 2008
It’s Christmas in Laguna Beach and this means it’s time again for that very funny nun to take the stage at Laguna Playhouse. And as always, audience members are part of the script. This year, playwright and performer Maripat Donovan explores her CSI side by staging a reenactment of the Nativity, with the help of her sometimes-reluctant but ever-game “students” — audience members who were informed they would earn a coveted Papal Indulgence by participating.
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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.
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