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Nancy Blom, Emil Jeanes, Rob Mueller, Charlotte Jacobs, Susannah wood and Christine Sheppard as they appear in the laugh-out-loud play “Drinking Habits” opening next week at Chanticleers Theatre in Castro Valley.

By Floyd Barnes


Put some fun in your life and get some belly laughs when you see “Drinking Habits” by award winning playwright Tom Smith  opening next week at Chanticleers Theatre in Castro Valley.

Local director Barbara McKee has gathered a group of wonderful actors who bring to the stage all the romance, mistaken identities, lost loves, and plot twists and turns to keep audiences thoroughly entertained all evening.

The plot involves reporters Paul and Sally who are after the scoop of the century following a tip that a local parish – the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing – are bootlegging homemade “grape juice” to beat the crunch of financial hardship.

The parish’s two Sisters and Mother Superior are lovable rapscallions who are keeping a keen eye following a notification that Rome is sending a spy to shutdown dwindling parishes.

Antics ensue when new arrival, Nun-to-be Sister Mary Catherine, enters the fray, much to the surprise of groundskeeper George and the staunchly jovial Father Chenille.

The show stars Susannah Wood, Bruce Kaplan, Charlotte Jacobs, Christine Sheppard, Nancy Blom, Rob Mueller, Emily Jeanes and Lavale-William Davis.

A gala champagne opening is planned complete for Friday night, Feb. 19.  The show runs through March 13, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sundays (Feb. 28, March 6 and 13) at 2 p.m.

All performances are at Chanticleers Theater at 3683 Quail Ave. in Castro Valley. For tickets ($24 adults, $20 seniors and students), visit or call 510-733-5483. Group discount tickets are also available.

A preshow dinner for $21.50 is planned for Saturday, Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at Don Jose’s Restaurant, 3430 Village Drive. Mention “dinner group” when making show reservations.



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