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Bad Habits

Bad HabitsOrson Bean and Alley Mills Star in
Ruskin Group Theatre’s World Premiere Comedy

"Sparkles with fun” - Splash Magazines/LA

“Moments of comic genius” - Broadway World

The Sisters of St. Cyril’s are on a mission to prevent the closing of their convent and school. Might there be an “Almighty’ intervention to save them, in the form of a miraculous young woman named Maria? Or might God just sit this one out, leaving the Sisters to rely on their annual Christmas pageant fundraiser, which will be featuring a particularly surprising number? High adventure comedy, second to nun!  

Though slightly irreverent, the story is warmly affectionate in its take on the life of a group of nuns dedicated to their underprivileged neighborhood. Steve Mazur’s script intertwines the folly of our imperfect human efforts with the mystery of the divine - it is both biting and joyous. The central questions: what is the nature of faith, whom should we serve, and what meaning, if any, can be discerned from the mysterious. All provide opportunities for the Sisters and their Bishop to make fools of themselves, while along the way discovering a deeper part of their own humanity. This is, ultimately, a life affirming, joyful play, says director Mike Reilly.

Written by Steve Mazur (he wrote the book for Paul Overstreet's musical “Sneaky Ole Time” has written or co-written the screenplays for “Liar Liar” starring Jim Carrey, “Heatbreakers” starring Sigourney Weaver and Gene Hackman for MGM, “Jingle All The Way II” at Fox, “Phil” starring Greg Kinnear, and the upcoming “Undercover Brother 2.”

Directed by Mike Reilly, the cast includes Orson Bean* (Broadway: Theater World Award, Tony Award nom Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Walter Matthau and Jayne Mansfield), Never Too Late, Illya Darling. Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award - Best Solo Performance – Safe at Home: An Evening with Orson Bean at PRT. SAG Award nom “Being John Malkovich.” ), Alley Mills* (Norma Arnold on The Wonder Years opposite John Candy in “Going Berserk.” New York Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, American Conservatory Theater, 20-year member of PRT), Lee Garlington* (Ovation Award “Best Supporting Actress” in Risk Everything - Zephyr Theatre, title role in Justin Tanner’s Pot Mom - Cast Theatre. Placement at the Black Dahlia. EMMY Award nom for Broken), Mouchette van Helsdingen (Originated roles of Broadway director in The Gun, Yoga Teacher in Rainbow Bridge, both world premieres at Ruskin. Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida at the Young Vic Theatre in London), Jacquelin Lorraine Schofield* (Ovation Award for The Color Purple - Celebration Theatre, Sister Act - CASA 0101, Bronco Billy The Musical – Skylight Theatre Company), Jacquelynne Fontaine* (Carlotta in the National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera. Before that, she played Anna in The King and I at Opera North, Elsa in The Sound of Music at North Shore Music Theatre) Kelsey Griswold (Originated role of Micaela in The Alamo world premiere at Ruskin, TV: American Crime Story: The People VS OJ Simpson, LA’s Finest, Queen America, Sex Drug’s and Rock N Roll).

Presenter / Producer: Ruskin Group Theatre

Listed Categories
Theater > Theatrical Comedy

Event Phone: 310-397-3244

Ruskin Group Theatre
3000 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica CA 90405

LA - Hollywood / Westside

Performance Dates: 12/1/2019 - 1/26/2020
Sunday, 12/01/2019
Friday, 12/06/2019
Saturday, 12/07/2019
Sunday, 12/08/2019
Friday, 12/13/2019
Saturday, 12/14/2019
Sunday, 12/15/2019
Friday, 12/20/2019
Saturday, 12/21/2019
Sunday, 12/22/2019
Saturday, 01/04/2020
Sunday, 01/05/2020
Friday, 01/10/2020
Saturday, 01/11/2020
Sunday, 01/12/2020
Friday, 01/17/2020
Saturday, 01/18/2020
Sunday, 01/19/2020
Friday, 01/24/2020
Saturday, 01/25/2020
Sunday, 01/26/2020

Performance Times
8pm Fridays, Saturdays
2pm Sundays

No performances:
Dec 27 - Dec 29, 2019
Jan 3, 2020

Ticket Information:
$25 - $35
Students, Guild Members & Seniors $5 off general admission. Groups of six or more discounted

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