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International stage comedy “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy!” is coming to Zimbabwe, with leading South African actor Michael Richard delivering this hit one-hander show.

The production will have only two performances at Harare’s Reps Theatre, on Friday May 16 and Saturday May 17.

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 who drive the main character into therapy. The show has toured the world since 2007 and has enjoyed a successful run in South Africa.

The demanding lead role requires a man of range and stature and the South African producers, afro-Asia, cast popular stage and television actor 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 has been directed by Charmaine Weir-Smith, with set design by Wilhelm Disbergen and lighting by Jane Gosnell.

“My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy!”, is one part lasagne, one part kreplach and two parts Prozac,” said Reps Theatre’s production committee chair, Sue Bolt.

“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. Our 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.”

Richard was schooled in Zimbabwe before studying drama at the University of Cape Town. In 1974, he joined PACT as a member of Ken Leach’s famed Arena Company. After playing Hamlet for PACT in 1978, he left the company to become a freelance performer, although he was enticed back as an associate actor for four years in the mid-1980s.

In the 30 years that Richard has been on stage, he has played a variety of roles from Shakespeare to rock-opera from comedy, tragedy, farce and musicals to several pantomime dames. Other productions include “Othello”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Fangs”, “Laughing Matters”, “Wild Honey”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Amadeus”, “Educating Rita”, “Full Circle” and “Ying Tong – A Walk With the Goons”.

He also worked with Richard E Grant on his latest movie, “WahWah”, and with John Malkovich on the film adaptation of JM Coetzee’s “Disgrace”.

In addition to his radio and television work, Richard has won many awards, most notably for the theatre productions “Children of a Lesser God”, “Keen”, “Othello”, “Death Defying Acts” and “Decadence”. He was also nominated for best actor awards for his portrayals of King Arthur in “Camelot” and Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof”. At the Theatre on the Square, he has appeared in plays such as Paul Slabolepszy’s “Planet Perth”, Steven Berkoff’s “Decadence” with Fiona Ramsay, “Pregnant Pause” with Charmaine Weir-Smith (directed by Sylvaine Strike)”Gods of Carnage” and “History Boys” and most recently “Race at The Playhouse”, Durban.

In 2009 he brought to the life “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy!” in South Africa.

Source : The Herald

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