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Monday, June 1, 2009


(Pic:Michael Richard)

So, you think your family is crazy…

Oy vey… or should that be mamma mia? Start the Autumn season on a side-splitting note with the New York comedy hit My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy!, which opens on June 10 at the Catalina Theatre, Wilsons Wharf, Durban for a limited season.

Created onstage in the Big Apple by comedian Steve Solomon, this uproariously funny one-man play tells the story of an Italian-Jewish family and the crazy characters that surround it … and drive our hapless hero straight into the therapist’s chair.

Produced in South Africa by Afro Asia Events, this hilarious comedy stars versatile and accomplished local actor Michael Richard, who has just completed a sell-out season at Johannesburg’s Old Mutual Theatre on the Square. He has his work cut out for him as he navigates through a tricky minefield of voices, dialects and sound effects, conjuring an array of wacky family relationships.

Richard has been directed by the multi award-winning Charmaine Weir-Smith, with whom he recently teamed up for two successful seasons of the Sylvaine Strike comedy Pregnant Pause. The top-flight production team is completed by Stan Knight, who will undertake the set design, and Jane Gosnell, who is taking care of lighting.

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy! won the audience award for favourite new off-Broadway play of 2007, and has earned rave reviews. You don’t need to be Jewish or Italian to appreciate this off-the-wall comedy – you just need to know what it feels like to leave a family dinner with heartburn and a headache…

Described as “one part lasagne, one part kreplach and two parts Prozac”, this play promises to be just the tonic needed to get the Winter season off to an upbeat start – and tickets are a lot cheaper than a visit to the shrink!

Performances are Wednesdays to Saturdays at 20h00, with additional shows at 17h00 on Saturdays (Sundays at 14h00 and 18h00) with Buy one get one free for the second Sunday performance.

Tickets R110 from or the Catalina Theatre box office on 031 305 6889.