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OFFBEAT: Fun 'Bible Bingo' in Chicago, Mom sings praises of daughter's book of faith

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2014-05-01T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Fun 'Bible Bingo' in Chicago, Mom sings praises of daughter's book of faithBy Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

Vicki Quade and Nuns4Fun Entertainment have often been to Northwest Indiana, as well as at churches in our Chicagoland readership area, with her popular "Late Nite Catechism" show staged for charity benefits.

Now Quade, one of my favorite funny folks, has relaunched her fun comedy, "Bible Bingo: An Act of Charity in Two Acts," which returned to the Royal George Theatre in Chicago in January and is still earning angelic accolades. This new comedy is 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. In addition to Quade, this lead role is shared in stage rotation for various performances by two other talents: Kathleen Puls Andrade and Michelle Renee Thompson.

In this interactive comedy, the parish needs money and Mrs. O'Brien is ready to help with a night of bible trivia, audience interaction, improvised moments, and what I'm told is the funniest quiz about the Holy Family you've ever seen. (I haven't made it out to see a performance yet, but it's on my list!)

An array of wacky prizes, fun bingo cards, and plenty of Catholic humor is included as audiences actually get to play bingo, and still learn a little something about what it means to be Catholic.

"Bible Bingo" is at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for this open run, while "Late Nite Catechism," the now iconic long-running one-woman stage show created by Quade 25 years ago, still stays on the schedule at 5 p.m. Saturdays and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays, all upstairs at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. in Chicago. Tickets are $30 with group discounts available. FYI: (312) 988-9000 or biblebingo.info or latenitecatechism.info.

Paging all Saints

Welcome to May and now, Mother's Day is just around the corner. I have a wonderful gift suggestion that will likely appeal to many moms.

Reader Arlene Shrader of Chesterton wrote me with some good news and details about a great book her daughter published.

"Good Morning Mr. Potempa: First of all, I want to thank you for returning my phone call. That was a very nice message and I apologize for missing your call," Arlene explained.

"With your permission, I would like to send to you a book as a gift for your mom Peggy. It was written by my youngest daughter, Christine Gibson. The title of the 79-page, compact soft cover is 'Saints on Call -- Everyday Devotions for Moms." It is published by Liguori Publications. The Boric religious store in St. John has carried it and can order it for anyone or at Amazon.com for $7. I truly feel it is a book for mothers of all ages. My daughter Chrissy grew up in the Calumet Township area of Gary and graduated from Calumet High School. She is presently living with her husband and children in Lexington, Ky."

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or (219) 852-4327.

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