But Moore’s attitude about nuns has changed since her early days in school.
“I now have such complete respect for these women,” she said. “They do great work. They do outreach into the community well in their 90s.”
Donovan said the only people who ever complain about her show, or feel it’s disrespectful to the Catholic faith, are people who haven’t seen it.
“We’re not out to bash the Catholic church,” she said. “We have respect for religious sisters and for all religions. We used to believe only Catholics went to heaven. Now we think all religions go to heaven, but they are not going to get as good a seat as the Catholics.”
When Donovan discovered that living in California was a kind of heaven on Earth, she moved to Los Angeles more than a decade ago, leaving the snow in Chicago behind.
“The weather’s exquisite, it’s so pretty every day,” she said.
At first, Donovan took over an apartment lease from a prop man at a theater where “Late Nite” was appearing. Now she lives in Bela Lugosi’s old house, right under the “Hollywood” sign, between Hollywood and Sunset boulevards.
But she hasn’t lost sight of the hilarious play that brought her this far and is looking forward to the June premiere of its latest installment.
“It’s called ‘Summer School Catechism: God Never Takes a Vacation,’” Donovan said. “So far, it’s my favorite, because Sister’s really mad — she has to teach summer class.”
If you go What: "Late Nite Catechism," a play by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan When: April 23 and 25-28 and May 1-5 at 7:30 p.m.; April 24, 27, 28 and 30 and May 4-5 at 2 p.m. Where: Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Beverly Tickets: $35 at 617-531-1257 or www.latenitecatechismshow.com