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Nun of Your Business

Sister makes a habit of keeping her students in line in strictly Catholic comedy.

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As an ex-Catholic schoolgirl, Lisa Buscani draws from real-life inspiration when she reprises the role of Sister in the one-nun show Late Nite Catechism 2, by Maripat Donovan and Vicki Quade. Her portrayal has a loose connection to a couple of elderly aunts and her habit-wearing first-grade teacher. "She talks about getting into heaven, the works of mercy, the different types of sin," says Buscani, who put the fear of God into Cleveland Play House audiences in the original version of the show in 2003. "This show definitely drops the fourth wall. You do not have to be Catholic to enjoy the show."The interactive script calls for Buscani to teach the audience a "class agenda" that ranges from a Chutes & Ladders-like analysis of the afterlife to a lecture on celebrities with one-way passes to hell. And she relies on hand-drawn posters and fliers to get her message across. But you're forewarned: If she catches you chewing gum or wearing thigh-high miniskirts, then you're off to the corner of the stage to repent your errant ways. "I think faith is about wanting to be a half-decent person. It's not as difficult as you think. We will show you how it can be done," says Buscani. "Sister expects you to follow the rules, or there will be consequences." Class begins at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Cleveland Play House's Brooks Theatre, 8500 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $32. Call 216-795-7000 or visit www.clevelandplayhouse.com.
Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Starts: June 13. Continues through July 6, 2008

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