Take a night out with a nun in 'Late Nite Catechism III' - Omaha.com
go logo


Take a night out with a nun in 'Late Nite Catechism III'
By Bob Fischbach / World-Herald staff writer


Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism III

What: Regional tour, stage comedy

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St., Howard Drew Theatre

When: Friday through July 21; 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Exception: No performances July 3 through 7.

Tickets: $35 all seats

Information: 402-553-0800 or online at omahaplayhouse.org

Same nun, same classroom, same premise — but a whole different script.

That's how Mary Zentmyer, the actress who plays Sister, describes “Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism III.” The show opens Friday at the Omaha Community Playhouse for a monthlong run.

Zentmyer also played Sister in “Late Nite Catechism” in the summers of 2008 and 2009 at the Playhouse. The show, which gives people a chance to relive — or discover — the experience of Catholic school in the 1960s, began 20 years ago in Chicago and is playing there still.

In fact, it's so popular that creators Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan now have seven different shows on the theme, which have played coast to coast. Zentmyer does three of the seven.

“Til Death Do Us Part” centers on the sacraments of marriage and anointing of the sick, and Sister becomes a feisty marriage counselor. The second act will include a game show similar to “The Newlywed Game.”

Whatever the theme, Sister expects you to sit up, pay attention and spit out your gum during this combination of improv, audience participation and scripted comedy.

Zentmyer grew up in an Irish Catholic family in Chicago and still lives in her childhood parish, Immaculate Heart of Mary. Her aunt was a nun, and an uncle was a priest.

“None of it is foreign to me,” she said of the script's patter about matters of faith and Sister's quizzes about saints, sacraments and the Baltimore Catechism.

What's changed, she said, is that audience members now try to cheat by looking up answers on their cellphones. Woe unto you if you get caught praying to Saint Google.

“They think I can't see that their laps are glowing,” Zentmyer said. “People have forgotten to be in the now, to have conversation, make eye contact. We're going back to a simpler time of chalk and No. 2 pencils.”

Zentmyer said she loves playing Sister, a no-nonsense, down-to-earth gal who is strict but fair, never mean-spirited and a joyful teacher. Audiences, she said, love a blast from the past, whether they're Catholic or not.

A collection will be taken after each show for retired sisters in the Omaha area. The schedule: Sisters of Mercy June 14 through 23, Servants of Mary June 26 through 30, Notre Dame Sisters July 10 through 14, School Sisters of St. Francis July 17 through 21.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1269, bob.fischbach@owh.com

Contact the writer: Bob Fischbach

bob.fischbach@owh.com    |   402-444-1269

Bob reviews movies and local theater productions and writes stories about those topics, as well.

Read more stories by Bob


Contact the Omaha World-Herald newsroom


Copyright ©2014 Omaha World-Herald®. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, displayed or redistributed for any purpose without permission from the Omaha World-Herald.

Latest Stories

New restaurant open in One Pacific Place
New restaurant open in One Pacific Place

The Pig and Finch gastropub is open in One Pacific Place.


The increasingly popular art of hand-brew coffee
The increasingly popular art of hand-brew coffee

Design your own perfect cup with a few gadgets and a bit of patience.


Here's the deal with that outdoor art near CenturyLink Center
Here's the deal with that outdoor art near CenturyLink Center

Years ago, Alan Potash had a vision for a public art exhibition.


Nebraska's best cupcakes and tacos can be found in Omaha, say cupcake/taco experts
Nebraska's best cupcakes and tacos can be found in Omaha, say cupcake/taco experts

Another day, another mention of Omaha food on a food list. Two food lists, in fact.


Small-town Nebraska native becomes big-time comic book writer
Small-town Nebraska native becomes big-time comic book writer

Growing up in Lewellen –– a micropolis near the bottom of the Nebraska panhandle –– Van Jensen didn't have a lot of options for comic books.


Watch Alexander Payne's 1985 student film 'Carmen'
Watch Alexander Payne's 1985 student film 'Carmen'

Here's a treat for Alexander Payne fans: some of the filmmaker's earliest work, a 1985 short silent film Payne made while he was at the UCLA Film School.


Primer: Hand-brewing coffee at home

To start hand-brewing coffee at home, you need some equipment.


Keke Palmer to become TV’s youngest talk show host
Keke Palmer to become TV’s youngest talk show host

LOS ANGELES — Keke Palmer legally cannot buy beer. But she can host a daily talk show.


What to watch: Stan's personal life unravels on 'The Americans'
What to watch: Stan's personal life unravels on 'The Americans'

A botched mission impacts Philip and Elizabeth in different ways. Meanwhile, Stan’s personal life unravels.


Waxahatchee’s vague lyrics hide personal feelings
Waxahatchee’s vague lyrics hide personal feelings

Waxahatchee rose out of Katie Crutchfield’s old bands, and a few bad breakups.


 
Search
Movies Opening this week

Movie showtimes and theater listings






Read this!








VIDEOS

Tonight in Prime Time
© 2014 Omaha World-Herald. All rights reserved