Sister’s a sharp-tongued treat in “Late Nite Catechism,” on through next weekend at Tacoma’s Theatre on the Square
It didn’t take Sister more than five minutes to straighten up all the slackers in the audience – I mean, class – at Theatre on the Square last night. Even before she made her stern, habit-swishing entrance she’d scolded my seat-mates for turning up late, confiscated the gum from the man in front of me and swapped a couple of cell phones between users too impolite (or savvy) to switch them off. As the one-woman comedy wonder of the long-running “Late Nite Catechism,” Sister (Nonie Newton-Breen) was in fine form – and so was the audience.
Mostly middle-aged and up, these folk had come prepared with smart answers and all the right “Yes, Sister!” choruses to participate, house-lights up, in the touring comedy about Catholicism and all its quirks. And although it often felt weirdly fake, like a TV studio audience with no cameras, it certainly made the show sparkle – because this is one comedy that involves everybody.
Newton-Breen, an 11-year-veteran of the show and raised Irish-Catholic herself, swung out her snappy comebacks as skillfully as a threatening ruler. Read more »