Arts & Entertainment

Your Mother’s Pension

Theatergoers who have enjoyed past parodies of ethnic groups won’t be disappointed with the latest offering Your Mother’s Pension, a hilarious comedy that director Lucy Miller said reflects the uncertainty of current times.

“With the economic crisis in Greece, more and more young couples are bringing their parents to move in with them to financially assist with their pension. This play is an exaggerated parody but based on reality.”

And what is it about this stageplay that should make it a comedic runaway hit?

“Maria and George are one such couple with a daughter, but when you throw in the surprise arrival of an unknown gay, movie director brother from the US with his secretary, a romantic poetic cardiologist, a whinging cleaner, a hysterical debt collector, an eccentric saleswoman, a ditsy hairdresser desperate for a husband and two quirky plumbers, you’re in for some huge belly laughs!”

Boasting a cast of 14 performers on stage, this original play written by Greek playwright Maria N. Kitra is having its premiere season in Australia and is spoken in Greek with English subtitles (captions projected on a screen above the stage). “Our play should appeal to all audiences because of the comedic value, themes people relate to, and the well-structured English surtitles which aren’t lost in translation.”

The cast has been working hard during rehearsals but there’s been plenty of laughter along the way.

“Rehearsals are hysterically funny. After a long day, we get together to rehearse and unwind. The script itself is very funny but as our characters evolve and we build on them, the laughs amongst us keep coming. It’s also where our best bloopers come from!” laughed Miller.

Gather your friends and come along to what promises to be the laugh-out theatrical event of the year with specially discounted tickets and a gift (for mothers only) to the Mother’s Day performance.

5 double passes to giveaway for performance on May 15. Email details to mmorelli1234@hotmail.com

May 8–Jun 6. Mytilenian House, 225 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury. $30+b.f. Tickets & Info: bit.ly/tis-manas-sou or call: 0401 655 050

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