Vagabond Players offer up farcical comedy

Drinking Habits onstage at Bernie Legge Theatre Feb. 1 to 25

The Vagabond Players are laughing their way into 2018 with a new comedy.

Drinking Habits, by Tom Smith, is set to run at the Bernie Legge Theatre in Queen’s Park from Feb. 1 to 25.

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The comedy, billed as a “laugh-out-loud farce,” follows the story of two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing Convent who have been secretly making wine to keep their convent open. Everything starts to go wrong when two snooping reporters, Paul and Sally, show up and go undercover in the convent as a nun and priest. Their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia through the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down.

Accusations, mistaken identities and romances run wild in the Lower Mainland premiere of the play.

Nicola Watson and Jennifer Kennedy star as Sister Philomena and Sister Augusta, the two enterprising nuns, while Christopher Brown and Kylee Bush appear as the reporters Paul and Sally.

Halia Hirniak takes the role of the teetotaling Mother Superior who particularly detests wine, while John Cousins appears as the patient and understanding Father Chenille.

They’re joined by Alex Ross as the caretaker-cum-gardener, George, and Elizabeth Drummond as Sister Mary Catherine, the meek and timid novice who has come to the convent to finish her training.

Shows run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $17, or $15 for seniors and youth, with $12 previews on Feb. 1 and 2. See www.vagabondplayers.ca/tickets or call 604-521-0412.

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