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Friday, April 18, 2014


(Michael Richard)

The New York comedy hit My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy! which has just completed its third sellout season in South Africa is touring throughout Southern Africa in 2014.

Created onstage in New York by comedian Steve Solomon, this hilariously funny play tells the story of an Italian-Jewish family and the crazy characters surrounding them - whose sole purpose is to drive him into therapy (and they succeed!). This smash hit show played off Broadway for almost two years and subsequent to this has toured the world since 2007.

The demanding role requires a leading man of range and stature and as such, the South African producers, AfroAsia, have cast popular stage and television actor Michael Richard in the role of Steve.

In this one-man tour de force, Richard has created a range of voices, dialects and sound effects that will make the stories and jokes come alive.

The South African production was originally directed by Charmaine Weir-Smith, with set design by Wilhelm Disbergen and lighting by Jane Gosnell.

My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy! is one part lasagne, one part kreplach and two parts Prozac. You don't have to be Jewish or Italian to see this show. All you need is to know what it feels like to leave a family dinner with heartburn and a headache! The theatre’s box-office will charge you just a fraction of what your therapist does, so come and laugh at someone else’s family for a change.

My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy! Has one performance on April 25 at 19h30 at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse. Tickets R100 booked through Angela Jonsson on email at or call 033 234 1314.