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Park Square's New Play Highlights Winey Customers and Life


Servers especially will appreciate the humor in the Park Square Theater’s latest production, Sometimes There’s Wine, a two-woman play about relationships fueled by wine.

The opening sketch features a server with "like 45 tables to tend to" and the maddening stereotypes who keep circling back with their demands—the woman who wants a table on the patio when it’s clearly full; the man complaining that his gimlet has too much lime juice, could he just have his vodka straight up with the lime juice on the side?; the bike rider who parks his bike in the center of her station and then wants to verify they don't serve beer with the male bartender; and the woman with the baby carriage the size of a car who wants a table for five who will show up any time now.

There’s a wedding toast gone wrong; a book club revolt over the serving of box wine and pimento cheese on crackers; happy hour where the wine is only enjoyed for its price, not its floral notes; and the doctor’s visit where middle-age women are told they’re in no-man’s land, somewhere between getting pregnant and breaking a hip.

And just in case you think it’s a chick flick on stage, the man sitting next to me was laughing so hard my attached seat was vibrating, causing me to wonder when my pedicure was going to start.

The actors, Shanan Custer and Carolyn Pool, are also the playwrights.The duo's earlier play, 2 Sugars, Room for Cream, won the local theater nod, the Ivey Award, for Best Ensemble in 2013.

And in the spirit of the wine-fused script, the Boss Stage Concessions did a wine pairing with their snacks. For instance, the La Playa Sauvignon Blanc pairs really well with the Cookie Cart ginger cookie or the Snickers bar, while the Black’s Station Cabernet Sauvignon brings out the best in the double chocolate cookie, Twizzlers and, of course, a second  glass of Black’s Station cab.

The play runs at the St. Paul Park Square Theater through October 14. 

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