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'Sister' Patti Hannon brings class to Get Out Performing Arts Expo

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Posted: Friday, September 2, 2011 7:00 am | Updated: 12:34 am, Mon Sep 19, 2011.

“None” nun Patti Hannon has gotten used to being called “Sister.”

Such constant slips of the tongue from the public come with the territory for an actress who’s played a teaching nun in “Late Nite Catechism” over and over and over again. We’re talking thousands of times for tens of thousands of playgoers from New York City to Scottsdale, where Hannon has held court (and “class”) since June 2000 at Scottsdale Center for the Arts.

Hannon will give a little taste of the acerbic nun at the 12th annual Get Out Performing Arts Expo, Saturday at Mesa Arts Center. Fans and newcomers to Hannon can catch a bit of her long-running “sister act” at 1:45 p.m. in the Ikeda Theater.

Her holiday show “Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold,” will begin in December at the Scottsdale venue. “Late Nite Catechism” and “Late Nite Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part” will run January through March 2012.

Does Hannon ever tire of donning Sister’s habit hundreds of time a year in an one-woman play about a nun who’s on her last legs?

“No, not really. Because Maripat (Donovan, the playwright) leaves lots of room for improv. That keeps the material fresh and me on my toes,” says Hannon, who sharpened her laugh-getting skills at Second City, Chicago’s legendary comedy club and lab.

Hannon was reminded of the show’s originality and innocence during a recent “Late Nite” performance in Show Low.

“Trust me, few people in Show Low had even heard of this show. But I was there in this small town for a fundraiser for a Catholic school, and the audience was incredible — I mean, really incredible. Their response truly tickled my heart.”

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