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Stage West Calgary - Drinking Habits 2: Caught in the Act Review

Updated: Apr 1, 2019

Drinking Habits 2: Caught in the Act

By Tom Smith

I remembered how much I enjoyed the original Drinking Habits when I watched Drinking Habits 2: Caught in the Act. The action was as fast-paced as the first one and the laughs came just as quickly. Esther Purves-Smith as Sister Philomena wowed again with her energy and comedic skill. People who had seen the original show at Stage West just a few years ago would recognize the set and the characters as they made their way through different but very similar problems. It was a fast clipped show with no intermission and you almost felt out of breath as you heard the characters talk briskly, run in and out of doors so as not to be seen or heard, and ultimately win the day.

Sequels are always difficult; you ask the question, "will it be as good as the first one"; and I can tell you the hilariously manic energy of the first Drinking Habits is certainly continued in Caught in the Act. It's full of classic tropes that make the theatre so fun: mistaken identity (wine is an identity, right?), hypnosis woes, and slamming doors to name a few. Get caught in this act, which runs at Stage West until April 14.

Tickets can be purchased at www.stagewestcalgary.com

Stage West Calgary Synopsis: The Sisters of Perpetual Sewing miss the excitement of the old days when they were saving convents and reuniting long-lost families. So when they learn that the orphanage where Paul and Kate grew up is in peril, they can’t wait to come to the rescue. Everyone pitches in to mount a play to raise money, but it’s no easy feat when Kate is expecting any day, Sally is hiding from stage-fright-stricken Paul after another flight from the altar, Mother Superior’s acting is unexpectedly narcoleptic, and the sisters’ award-winning wine keeps getting switched with the grape juice. The merry mix-ups multiply in this warm and winsome sequel to the crowd-favourite Drinking Habits!

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