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It’s My Party And I’ll Die If I Want To Starring Henri Szeps at Riverside Theatres

April 2, 2013toApril 6, 2013

 
* SYDNEY Live Theatre

It’s My Party (And I’ll Die If I Want To) By Elizabeth Coleman and starring Henri Szeps is a ‘thigh-slapping’ black comedy which gives the word “family” a whole new meaning.

  • 2-6 April 2013
  • Riverside Theatres

It’s My Party And I’ll Die If I Want To Directed by Denis Moore

Opening night provided some of the best laughs in a long time.  Brilliantly witty with a well chosen and talented cast led by Australian theatre legend Henri Szeps – MiSociety

Ron Patterson, a gruff, well ordered, quintessentially Aussie family man who is convinced he has three months to live. To ensure he has a chance to spend his last quality moments with his family he hosts a party the result of which ensures a night for the whole family to remember

It’s My Party And I’ll Die If I Want To almost immediately plunges us into a humorous night of family squabbles, jealousies and competition where a few home truths are disclosed and episodes lurch between poignant and outrageous. The gathering brings about urgent confessions, a surprise wedding and a visit from the undertaker. 

Elizabeth Coleman’s (Secret Bridesmaids’ Business) deliciously funny and sweetly dark play It’s My Party (And I’ll Die If I Want To) is a comedy of anxiety, absurdity and occasionally terror. Like all great comedy, there is laughter … but the elbow jabbing at your ribs is a little bit sharper than expected.

Henri Szeps is a veteran of Australian screen and stage having performed in a number of theatre productions at the Ensemble Theatre, the Nimrod Theatre Company and the Sydney Theatre Company and has appeared on numerous television productions. However, Henry is best known for his performance in Mother and Son. Szeps career has spanned over 4 decades.

Since its 1993 premiere at La Mama, Melbourne, where the play broke the venue’s 30-year box office record, It’s My Party (And I’ll Die If I Want To) has enjoyed numerous successful staging’s both in Australia and overseas, including an off-Broadway season in New York in 1999.

Elizabeth Coleman’s comedy of family relationships is wonderfully, wickedly black.  She establishes a crisis situation: the last chance for settling grudges, venting outrage, telling the truth… outrageous fun…The Sun-Herald

Audiences will be both groaning with familiarity and rolling in the aisles. This is great fun.
The Sunday Telegraph

It’s My Party And I’ll Die If I Want To Starring Henri Szeps at Riverside Theatres Bookings
Riverside Theatres, Cnr Church & Market Sts, Parramatta
Date& Time: Tue 2 – Fri 5 April at 7:30pm;Sat 6April at 2:15pm &7:30pm
Tickets: Adult $56; Concession $51; Youth 30&U $46; F/T Student $39*
Bookings: Riverside Box Office on 8839 3399 or www.riversideparramatta.com.au
*transaction fees apply

Also playing at Glen Street Theatre from 6-20 April 2013

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