Stage West Calgary - Drinking Habits Review
By Tom Smith
Synopsis: Accusations, mistaken identities, and mysterious relationships run wild in this traditional, laugh-outloud farce. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally, sometimes reporters and sometimes fiancées, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Both wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries top reserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.
Stage West's Drinking Habits is a bit of a departure from the shows I'm used to seeing there, but sometimes a detour is nice! Instead of a musical, we got a romping, hilarious comedy that had me holding in some pee. Mistaken identities, subterfuge, wine, and religion. What more can you ask for in a play? I'll admit, being raised Protestant meant there were some jokes I didn't understand, but we can all agree nuns brewing up Satan's Sarsaparilla is always funny.
Here's what you'll get when you go to Drinking Habits (besides new definition in your abs): more alliteration than you can shake a fist at, romance, hidden desires, ninja nuns, drunk fathers and a strong desire to see Drinking Habits 2: Caught in the Act. Natascha Girgis as Sister Augusta and Esther Purves-Smith as Sister Philamena had us in stitches (which is a funny pun when you consider their order is The Sisters of Perpetual Sewing), and the chemistry of the entire cast means the jokes are tight and the dialogue is fast.
Enjoy some food, some wine, and some laughs with Drinking Habits.
Show runs until April 16th. For tickets or information on upcoming shows go to www.stagewestcalgary.com