Hellenic Art Theatre brings plenty of laughs with ‘The Matchmaker and The Miser’

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The Hellenic Art Theatre’s new comedy The Matchmaker & The Miser premiered to plenty of laughter at The Greek Theatre – Mantouridion in Marrickville, Sydney on Friday, March 24.

The comedy is directed by Stavros Economidis and performed in Greek with English surtitles. It is part of The Greek Festival of Sydney this year and will run until Sunday, April 9.

The Matchmaker and the Miser. All photos: The Greek Herald / Andriana Simos.

On opening night, the theatre was packed with local Greeks and a number of VIP guests including the President of the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales (GOCNSW), Harry Danalis; the Secretary of GOCNSW, Michael Tsilimos; and the Chair of the Greek Festival of Sydney, Nia Karteris, among many others.

People at the theatre.
VIP guests.
Everyone enjoyed the night.

These guests and excited theatre-lovers were glued to their seats and laugher echoed across the room as the main character Menios’ obsession with money impacted the lives of those around him including his two children, Elle and Petros.

Elle is passionately in love with the penniless Angelos but her father has arranged for her to marry a wealthy old man.

The cast of ‘The Matchmaker and the Miser.’

Meanwhile, Petros loves the young, impoverished Marianna but in a shock twist the audience doesn’t see coming, Menios has asked Matchmaker Efterpe to assist him as he intends on marrying Marianna himself.

Comedy was the order of the day.

With the help of Menios’ artful servant Koltsidas and Efterpe, Elle and Petros plot against their frugal father.

“I loved the plot twist,” one audience member told The Greek Herald on the night. “It’s a comedy not to be missed!”

People enjoying light refreshments during intermission.
People inside the theatre.

With such high praise from just its opening night, The Matchmaker & The Miser is expected to continue its success throughout March and April.

Performance details:

  • Cast: Stavros Economidis, Dennis Messaris, Dimitris Perdikis, Marion Anthi, Leonidas Ellinas, John Daviskas, Evelyn Tsavalas and Athanasia Costa.
  • 24 March – 9 April 2023
  • Fri & Sat @ 7.30pm | Sun @ 5pm
  • Greek Theatre – Mantouridion, Building 36, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville.
  • Tickets: www.hellenicarttheatre.com.au or call 0413 989 007.

*All photos copyright The Greek Herald / Andriana Simos.

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