The Dionysus Theatre Company has outdone itself with its latest comedy production, My Mother’s Pension, as everyone in the audience could be heard belly-laughing at the antics of the actors and actresses on stage.
The comedy, which is running for five weeks at the Mytilenian House in Canterbury, reflects a common situation that occurs among many Greeks today, where in-laws move in to help couples financially.
People could not contain their laughter as they watched married couple, Maria and George, along with their daughter, navigate life while living with Maria’s mum who is always complaining of being in pain. Later, George’s dad arrives and throws a spanner in the works by announcing that he has a gay son he knew nothing about until recently.
The arrival of this son with his secretary, as well as 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, all sounds a bit random.
But with the fantastic writing skills of Maria Kitra and awesome directing by Lucy Miller, the theatre company manages to pull off a successful play.
So successful in fact, that one performance on Sunday, May 16 was filled to the brim with over 100 people, including the Ambassador to Greece in Australia, George Papacostas, and his partner Gohar, the High Commissioner of Cyprus in Australia, Martha Mavrommatis, and the President of the Greek Orthodox Community & Church of Canberra, John Loukadellis.
One attendee even told The Greek Herald they were “really impressed” with the performance and would recommend it to everyone who asked.
If that’s not a glowing review, we don’t know what is!