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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Late Night Catechism with Sister

Featuring "Sister"
(Diana Carl Alioto)
McPherson Opera House
McPherson, KS
© Lydia Lowe 1/21/2012

Late Night Catechism with Sister . . .This is a really delightful show.  I don't think that the audience realized that the show is very loosely scripted and the actress: Diana Carl Alioto, is ad libbing most of the show based on crowd reaction and participation.  

No matter what your religious preferences, Catholic or some other denomination, you'll love this show.  Religious instruction is somewhat universal across all faiths.  Most of the examples and remarks that "Sister" makes during the show regarding Catholics are fairly well known examples, so the audience gets it.  Diana is a practicing Catholic and she makes sure to inform the audience up front about this fact.  I don't think that those of us watching the show would have felt that same way about what she talked about had she been of another faith.  When you are part of a group, it's is much easier to explain and point out the humorousness within that culture, than it is when you are on the outside looking in. 

The crowd was really involved in the show and crowd reaction afterward was upbeat.  Everyone had a great time.  There are several incarnations of this show that are touring at the same time, all with different actresses.  I'll have to say that I was very impressed with Diana Carl Alioto and I'm glad that she's the actress that brought the show to us. "Sister" and her ever present ruler will not soon be forgotten.

If you get a chance to see this show, by any actress, make sure that you do.  To get the maximum benefit of the show and to be able to participate, buy your tickets early.  This is not a show where you want to be in the balcony.

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