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Get in line for 'Sister's Christmas Catechism'

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Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 10:07 am

The usual Christmas fare not ringing your bell this year?

Consider “Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold.”

The one-woman show stars Patti Hannon as “Sister,” a tart-tongued, ruler-wielding Catholic school nun who rules her classroom — the audience — with an iron fist.

In an unusually jolly mood, Sister teaches her students the story of Christmas and asks for their help to solve a holiday caper: Who swiped the gold that the three wise men gave to the Baby Jesus?

With lots of room for improv in the script — and Hannon’s gift for detecting and calling out even the tiniest infractions against decorum and decency by the audience — each performance is unique.

Hannon, who’s played the teaching nun thousands of times from New York City to Scottsdale, sharpened her comedic skills at Second City, Chicago’s legendary comedy lab.

DETAILS >> 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. $29-$39. (480) 499-8587 or

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