Bad Habits(Stage 37, Auditorium at Campus Saint-Jean)
Sister Florence welcomes us postulates in a gruff accent, with a hint of New Jersey. It comes with a warning: entering the convent isn’t easy. Becoming a bride of Christ is not for everyone.
Life in the nunnery may be for one among us: Margarine Tub, a buck-toothed young woman with plenty of energy and a sincere love of the Lord. Sister Florence is sceptical but Margarine is a hard worker — if a bit too curious.
Sister Florence and Margarine Tub ride hoverboards — holy rollers — across the stage, as nuns do. When she is left alone to tidy the convent, singing, “Cleaning up, cleaning up for Jesus,” Margarine breaks one of the only rules: don’t read the bad book.
Enter the funniest, saddest Satan in history.
Amica Hunter (Margarine) and David Cantor (Sister Florence) are veterans of the Edmonton Fringe. Bella Culpa and Beau & Aero were just as funny and charming as Bad Habits, and just as naughty, but this is the first time they have mixed physical comedy with extensive dialogue.
They’re so charismatic, so silly, and so intelligent it would be a fine hour of entertainment to watch them feed guinea pigs. Their take on religion isn’t satire, exactly, and they aren’t trying to teach us anything, which is a genuine relief. They’re theatre people who know we love theatre, who get their jokes about it, and don’t mind if the penguin sex scene doesn’t advance the plot.
— Todd Babiak