By Bonnie Goldberg

    If you have any aspirations to be a nun or an assistant to Gil Grissom on CSI, have I got an opportunity for you.  Pack up your religious artifacts and your Sherlock Holmes Detection Kit and get thee over to Long Wharf Theatre’s Stage II by Sunday, December 21 for the delightful antics of the good Sister in “Sister’s Christmas Catechism:  The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold.”

    Be forewarned to wear modest holiday attire and silence all your cell phones and chiming watches, and don’t be tardy. Sister has rules, and Nonie Newton-Breen intends to respect them all.  But if you’re attentive and employ deportment, you just might win a hologram of the baby Jesus in the stable, a pencil that proclaims Jesus Loves You Snow Much or a picture of the Pope wearing a Santa hat.

    Sister will also share interesting legends about the candy cane, St. Nicholas, poinsettias, the Nativity and Our Lady of the Grilled Cheese.  On a more serious note, Sister is also trying to solve a mystery:  what happened to the Magi’s gold and she will go to extreme lengths to find the culprit.

    By creating a Living Nativity, including Mary, an ox, an ass, a shepherd, a sheep, three Kings, Joseph and the little drummer boy, using the most original of costuming, Sister is sure the puzzle will be solved.  Be prepared to join in the frivolity in this new work created by Maripat Donovan with Jane Morris and Marc Silvia.

    For tickets ($25), call Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven at 203-787-4282 or online at www.longwharf.org. ; Groups of ten save 35%, call 203-787-4284, ext. 295.  Performances are Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

    If you enjoyed Late Night Catechism and you’re in the holiday spirit, then put on your party hat and have a ball with Sister.

This will appear in the Middletown Press on December 18.

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