If its December and Patti Hannon is wearing a habit and cracking wise about frankincense and little altar boys, you know youre watching Sisters Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magis Gold. The third, holiday-infused installment in Mary Pat Donovans Late Nite Catechism series is back like a bad fruitcake to riff on the reason for the season.
A Catholic cross between Columbo and a Christmas pageant, Sisters Christmas Catechism employs Donovans standard setup: We, the audience, are the students of a refresher course in all things Christmas, taught by Sister (Hannon). In this version of the long-running original, Sister is distracted by the churchs upcoming holiday show, which she casts with (guess who?) her students. Much of the humor involves draping audience members in silly costumes made from household crap, then forcing them to sing Christmas carols while the rest of us point and laugh.