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Absinthe, Bourbon, Vodka and Sake

Absinthe, Bourbon, Vodka and Sake

Full length 75 mins



A woman takes in a student into her imaginary worlds to a salon in Paris in 1890, a bar in the French Quarter in New Orleans, a remote coastline in Acadian island side in PEI and a Japanese village drowning in cherry blossoms to battle an old daemon.


Wherever you run to, you always bring yourself.


Running away – admit it, as an adult, you’ve thought about it too.


“Caroline Russell-King has created a passionate love letter to theatre with a bold and unusual twist. Some of the banter had Neil Simon quality. The place was packed.”

– Adrian Chamberlain, critic for the Times Colonist, Victoria BC

“At the devastating finale of Absinthe, Bourbon, Vodka and Sake, you realize this is not the play you thought you were watching. It’s better, smarter, more topical, and shockingly emotional — like a sucker punch to the gut. Congratulations to the real playwright, Caroline Russell-King, for concocting this remarkable story.”

– Lana Michlin, theatre critic, Red Deer Advocate

“…Dynamite play…a gem for any professional theatre.”

– Louis B Hobson, The Calgary Herald

“Intriguing. A genuine thrill to the audience. Recommended.”

– Monica Pendergast reviewer, Victoria Theatre Reviews

“A darkly funny sad and emotionally gripping stroll through some of the theatres back alleys, including Tennessee William’s New Orleans, Gertrude Stein’s Paris, Tokyo and a bit of PEI. A dynamic duo expertly navigates a treacherous trough of guilt despair and cynicism.”

– Stephen Hunt, theatre critic, The Globe and Mail

How To Get a Copy


For community and academic performance rights: The Playwrights Guild of Canada
For professional production rights: Catherine Knights, Catalyst TCM

Past Productions

Development History

Absinthe Bourbon Vodka and Sake was workshopped by Peter Hinton-Davis.

  • Lori Lane
    Red Deer Players (Red Deer, AB)
  • Valerie Ann Pearson
    Drama on a Dime (Calgary, AB)
  • Zelda Dean
    Bema Productions (Victoria, BC)