Sister returns to City for Late Nite Catechism


Last updated 8/24/2017 at 5:22am

She’s a hard habit to break: City Theatre presents the original Late Nite Catechism, the hit one-nun comedy that first took the South Side by storm more than 12 years ago.

Featuring Kimberly Richards as the unflappable Sister, this Sunday School send-up was written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan. Originally scheduled to run September 7-17, additional performances have been added through September 24. Tickets are on sale now. 

Improv comedy and Catholic dogma collide in Sister’s tough-but-loving classroom, where pupils (aka: the audience) get a refresher course on the finer points of faith and win prizes for their scholarship. So grab your rosary, spit out your gum, and get ready for Sister’s hilarious mix of comedy, nostalgia, and old school Catholic cool.

Ms. Richards will perform her 800th show as Sister in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 6 pm. Since 2005, City Theatre has presented seven plays in the Late Nite Catechism series, including the 2016 hit Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go To Heaven? Ms. Richards has appeared in all but one of the City Theatre presentations from the franchise, earning a special place in the hearts of Pittsburghers through her humor, faith, and love of Steelers football.

Throughout the run, Ms. Richards will be collecting donations to support retired Catholic nuns through 17 local Motherhouses. In partnership with City Theatre, she has donated $391,587 in proceeds from her Pittsburgh shows and is poised to exceed $400,000, before the three-week run’s end. Audience members are encouraged to leave a little something extra in the collection bucket on their way out, while the sinners may be punished with a fine for showing up late, wearing low-cut blouses, or any number of other venial sins. 

Ms. Richards was born in Green Tree at St. Clair Memorial Hospital and baptized at St. Margaret of Scotland. She grew up in Oakland, California, graduating from Holy Names High.

She launched her versatile career 45 years ago as an actress, aerialist, choreographer, comedienne, dancer, director, and illusionist. Her experience includes a USO tour of Asia, two years at Circus Circus hanging from a rope at 60 feet without a net, and dancing the show rooms of Las Vegas in the 70s and 80s.

This year she appeared as “Dotty” in Noises Off! at the San Francisco Playhouse. Her acting credits include two of San Francisco’s longest-running hits, Bar None and Beyond Therapy, as well as dozens of other productions. Ms. Richards has won an Outstanding Performance Award, two Drama-Logue awards, and three Dean Goodman Choice awards. In 2012, she originated the role of Barbara in the North American premiere of the one-woman play Help! My Husband Has Gone Missing, My Daughter is Getting Married & I Am Having Hot Flashes!, and she now performs it across the U.S. and Canada.

Her directing credits include Waiting for Godot, The Trip to Bountiful, and many other plays. In 2009, she directed the world premiere of Pulp Scripture, which swept the San Francisco Fringe Festival, winning eight awards, including Best New Comedy.

Her choreography credits include numerous productions in Las Vegas, and at the San Francisco Playhouse, most recently She Loves Me (2016) and La Cage aux Folles (now running). She won two BATCC Outstanding Choreographer Awards for My Fair Lady (2012) and Company (2015), as well as multiple Outstanding Choreographer nominations from BATCC and TBA for Promises, Promises (2013-14) and Into the Woods (2014).

Since 2001, Ms. Richards has regularly toured the continent starring as “Sister” in all seven installments of the one-woman Late Nite Catechismcomedy series.

Single tickets start at $40 at the City Theatre Box Office, 1300 Bingham Street, by calling 412-431-CITY (2489) or at Group rates are available.


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