Making it a habit – a musical laughter riot

Is the life of a nun perpetually gloomy and monotonous? Well, not in this convent. Making it a habit, a musical play presented by the Madras Players on February 14-16, 2020, showcased a new dimension to the world of the convent. Needless to say, the show as worth a million laughs.

A scene from the play 'Making it a Habit'
A scene from the play ‘Making it a Habit’

The plot

A convent is in dire need of funds to carry out the burial rituals for four nuns. To do so, the Rev Mother and her team of nuns decide to conduct a charity show. The programme includes music, puppetry, a pop quiz and more. During the course of the programme, each nun talks of her dreams and aspirations before answering the ‘call’. As time went by, they also used the opportunity to ‘secretly’ mock the Rev Mother and her decisions. The tales soon witnesses a twist of events, leading to celebrations and praise for the convent’s most forgetful nun – Sister Amnesia.

A scene from the play 'Making it a Habit'
A scene from the play ‘Making it a Habit’

Rev Mother rocks!

The Rev Mother (played by Deepa Nambiar), was, in my opinion, the true star. Not only was the character portrayed effectively, but the person had lived the role. The character’s comic timing was truly commendable and had left the audiences in splits!

A scene from the play 'Making it a Habit'
A scene from the play ‘Making it a Habit’

The music was also fabulous. It was a pleasure to see how the actors had juggled between the roles of a singer and an actor frequently without gasping for a breathe!

A tad long?

A scene from the play 'Making it a Habit'
A scene from the play ‘Making it a Habit’

Indeed, the play was mighty entertaining. But a more crisp and concise presentation would have ensured the actors of a louder encore.

My take

A scene from the play 'Making it a Habit'
A scene from the play ‘Making it a Habit’

If you ever wish to be happy and would love to be entertained, this production guarantees you that and more. Kudos to the team!

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