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Maripat Donovan as “Sister” in “‘Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3.”

‘Til Death Do Us Part Late Nite Catechism 3 — it’s everything you wanted to know about Catholicism but were afraid to ask….

Maripat Donovan (playwright) is part sister, part teacher and mostly stand-up comedienne, with hilarious spot on, clever improv evolving from her interactive dialogue with the studio audience. Starting her show with a light hearted, yet also serious discussion on the sacrament of marriage, Sister presents the perilous marriage of religion and real life itself.

This long running show series, which has garnered rave reviews internationally, now premieres at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre in Pasadena, and takes a humorous approach to the experience of being Catholic in America. When interacting with true life married and engaged couples in the audience, the Sister touches on insightful tidbits of advice, like “You can’t stay mad if you’re laughing.” With laughter truly the best spiritual medicine, we learn that it’s not til death do us part as much as we are finally “free at last” and happy in heaven. The second act features a simulated game show; Newlywed meets Match Game, as two pre-selected couples answer a variety of questions, which determines their compatibility. This “game show within the main show” is all in the name of God (and mostly fun), with surprise gifts of holy cards offered up.

A Q&A session with the audience follows, with ultimate issues on topics, ranging from baptism to last rites to reincarnation. On Last Rites: “It is now termed ‘Blessing of the Sick’ — same sacrament, different marketing plan!”

As for reincarnation, “You go to heaven, hell or purgatory — you don’t come back as anything — you just burn, burn, burn.”

With all levity and irreverence aside, Maripat Donovan (with Marc Silvia) has put extensive research and passion into her one woman production.

A most touching moment is at show’s end, when she makes a compassionate plea for the plight and mistreatment of nuns upon retirement. All proceeds (tithes, as it were) collected at each show is contributed to a designated convent, all too indicative of today’s economic climate affecting the church and its failed management.

A closing joke: “A priest, minister and rabbi all debate, ‘when does life begin?’“

Priest: “At conception.”

Minister: “At birth.”

Rabbi: “When the kids move out and the dog dies.”

Don’t wait, get a little catechism of your own!

‘Til Death Do Us Part Late Nite Catechism 3 runs through April 3 on Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. For ticket information, visit, www.pasadenaplayhouse.org or www.funnynun.com.

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