I knew absolutely nothing about “Sister’s Catechism The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales,” when I agreed to see the show so I was a little surprised when Sister (Colleen Moore) donned the stage, faced the audience and began with a question, “Raise your hand if you’ve ever attended the Catechism class before?” What followed was a show that was part improv, part comedy, and part crash course on some of the spookiest saints.
. . .a great show that will change from night to night. . .
This show is audience participation heavy, which means that the ever vigilant Sister will be on the look out for people who are checking their cell phones, chatting to each other, and of course those pupils who are engaged and focused on the “lecture.” After going through a series of her favorite cinematic monsters, we get down to the catechism by going through some of the grisly and gruesome deaths of saints. Sister’s “favorite,” Saint included the infamous St. Lawrence who offered his torturers some well placed cooking advice. After intermission Sister further continued with the audience participation by bringing members of the audience onstage for some “homemade” Saint inspired Halloween costumes.
The nature of the show is a bit off kilter when you think about the fact that Colleen Moore is not an actual nun. It’s a point that I had to continue to bring myself back to because her performance is so incredibly seamless that the line between show and actually (fun) catechism class dissolve completely.
This is a great show that will change from night to night depending on the audience – be prepared to speak up, but ALWAYS raise your hand!
Running Time: Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with one-15 minute intermission.
“Sister’s Catechism The Holy Ghost and other Terrifying Tales” runs until April 2, 2017 and is presented at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester. For more information, click here.