Crack Up with Catholicism at the Royal George Theatre’s Religious Comedies

Mary Z as Sister

It’s rare when a born-in-Chicago international hit is still making laughs, but it happens every weekend at the Royal George Theatre.

“Late Nite Catechism,” now in its 22nd year, is still packing them in, and it’s no surprise why. The character of Sister, created by Chicagoans Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, is as funny and relevant today as she was when the show opened in 1993.

Sister has something to say about everything in this interactive comedy, so don’t think you’ll be safe from her wrath. “Late Nite Catechism” will bring you back to those CCD classes you might have taken as a youngster but add a hilarious spin to it, and those who aren’t Catholics will finally understand what their Catholic friends might have gone through.

The other comedy that’s tickling everybody’s funny bone at the Royal George is “Bible Bingo: A Comedy with God, Games, & Goofy Prizes.”

Bible Bingo is a comedy written by Vicki Quade about the Catholic culture of fundraising and bingo featuring the character Mrs. Mary Margaret O’Brien, a former nun who now heads a fictitious archdiocese fundraising department. It’s in its second year at the Royal George.

In this interactive comedy, the parish needs money and Mrs. O’Brien is ready to help. Bring the two together and you have a night of bible trivia, audience interaction, improvised moments, and the funniest quiz about the holy family you’ve ever seen.

“Bible Bingo: A Comedy with God, Games, & Goofy Prizes.” runs every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and “Late Nite Catechism” runs Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Both plays are at the Royal George Theatre located at 1641 N. Halsted St. Tickets are $30. Group discounts are available. For ticket info, call the box office at 312-988-9000. For more information visit

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