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Saturday, 5 February, 2011 1:33 PM
'Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3' is a crowd pleaser at the Gem Theatre
DETROIT -- The Sister is back in the habit again. Two days after the blizzard of 2011, I attended the play "Late Nite Catechism 3: Til Death Do Us Part" at the Gem Theatre which began at 8 p.m. This is the next class of the Catechism series.
Sister asked the class who knew the seven sacraments? Then focused on the sacrament of Matrimony and the Blessing of the Sick, formerly known as Extreme Unction. As sister says, same sacrament, different marketing campaign.
She asked the class who was married the longest, shortest and right now on a date. The couples received holy cards that were "laminated" who told their story of how they met.
A chart was lowered in front of the blackboard which was the sequence of events from marriage to death. It began with "finding the one", to getting engaged, telling the parents, announcing the banns of marriage in the newspaper, the wedding, the honeymoon, then reality sets in, fights about money, having the first child, family events, having the second child, fighting about money again, confusion and chaos, child moves out, peace and quiet, grandchildren, more family events, retirement.......then death.
The set will bring back memories for anyone attending Catholic school. This was an interactive play with class participation as Sister stands at the podium. Lots of laughs are in store.
There was a 15-minute recess after the first hour and a half of class. When we returned, Sister talked about the Blessing of the Sick or Last Rites. "The big payola is after death," she says. Your job is to go to heaven, not hell.
The second half of the show also consisted of the Compatibility Game which is comparable to "The Newlywed Game" and "The Match Game." Sister had an applause sign for the audience. Two couples were chosen from the class to see how compatible they were to each other. The game consisted of three rounds, which the third round being the lightening round.
You don't have to be Catholic to find this play funny. It was generally hysterical. I loved it and everyone should see this. The class ended at 10 p.m.
Tickets for "Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3" ($29.50 - $34.50) are on sale now at the Gem Theatre box office (313-963-9800), Ticketmaster charge by phone (800-982-2787), at all Ticketmaster outlets, and online at www.Ticketmaster.com. Call the Gem Theatre box office for dinner and group discount packages.
Photo credits: www.gemtheatre.com
Scenes from 'Til Death Do Us Part: Late Night Catechism 3.
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