MY MOTHER'S ITALIAN... Run Held Over In Toronto
The producers of the international hit comedy My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy! by Steve Solomon, currently running at Toronto's Bathurst St. Theatre, have announced that the show has been extended due to popular demand through to January 29, 2012. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-ARTS (2787) or online at www.italianjewish.ca or www.ticketmaster.ca.
Now heading into its 6th week, this hilarious one-man show starring Tony Award-winner Paul Kreppel has kept audiences in stitches, playing to over 10,000 people and winning heaps of popular acclaim since its first show here on October 12.
Toronto fans have posted comments such as: "Amazing. Kreppel is extremely engaging and talented. I laughed the entire time," "tremendous," "a definite must-see," "good-hearted laughs," "fun, fun, fun" and "I would recommend this show to any one, any age!"
It makes the perfect Christmas or Hanukkah gift - or Holiday Party outing! Described as "One part lasagna, one part kreplach, and two parts Prozac," you don't need to be Jewish or Italian to enjoy it. All you need is to know what it feels like to leave a family dinner with heartburn and a headache!
Kreppel performed in My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy! for over a year off-Broadway and, during his run there, won Broadway.com's "Audience Choice Award - Favorite New Play" Award.
Other accolades for the show include: "a little Alan King here, a pinch of Seinfeld there, with a smidgen of Don Rickles, Billy Crystal and George Carlin thrown in." (Variety); "Hysterically funny! Non-stop laughs all the way!" (Regis Philbin); "as heartwarming as comfort food. Everyone can relate to this!" (Martha Stewart Living Radio), and more!
Paul Kreppel won a 2007 Tony Award for co-directing/producing/creating Jay Johnson: The Two and Only! (Jay Johnson is a ventriloquist best known for his role on the groundbreaking television show "Soap" where he played Chuck Campbell, a ventriloquist who believed his puppet Bob was real and demanded everyone treat Bob as human.) But Kreppel is perhaps best known to TV fans as lounge lizard Sonny Mann in the 80's sitcom "It's A Living." His hundreds of other TV appearances include everything from "The Love Boat" to "ER" and as Jackie's Dad on "That 70's Show!" Kreppel's New York acting credits include Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival productions at the Public, Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont and Shakespeare in the Park's Delacorte Theaters. His on and off-Broadway acting credits include Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! and Joseph Papp's productions of The Comedy of Errors, Agamemnon and Alice in Concert, and, of course, My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm in Therapy! as well as starring in the national tour of Jerome Robbins' Broadway.
Written by award-winning author Steve Solomon, My Mother's ItalianŠ is based on Solomon's life growing up in a wacky family noted for its bi-ethnic diversity and aptitude for dysfunctional behavior. It played for almost two years off-Broadway in New York City; and has toured nationally and internationally in more than 100 cities. The production was awarded "Audience Choice Award - Favorite New Play" by Broadway.com and the "Theater Fans Choice Award" for Best off-Broadway play on BroadwayWorld.com.
Solomon has written two sequels to his original hit. All three shows are currently touring the United States starring either Solomon (who spends more than 40 weeks each year touring with his shows) or other actors he's trained to keep up with demand.
The Toronto show is produced by Philip Roger Roy, Dana Matthow and Bud Martin who also announced new productions of My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy! in Phoenix, Arizona from January 18 - February 19 and Baltimore, Maryland from March 7 - 11, both starring comedian Ron Tobin; and in Coral Springs, Florida from March 14 - 25 starring show creator Steve Solomon.
Hilarious one-man comedy held over by popular demand!
MY MOTHER'S ITALIAN, MY FATHER'S JEWISH & I'M IN THERAPY!
The Perfect Holiday Gift or Outing!
by Steve Solomon, starring Tony Award-winner Paul Kreppel
Now Playing to January 29, 2012
Bathurst St. Theatre, 736 Bathurst St. (south of Bloor St. W.)
Performance times: Wed at 2pm & 7pm; Thurs and Fri at 8pm; Sat at 2pm and 8pm; Sun at 2pm & 5:30pm.
Ticket prices (includes HST): Wed & Thurs - $51.50; Fri, Sat & Sun - $56. (Discounts for groups of 15+)
For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-ARTS (2787) or purchase online at www.italianjewish.ca
(Groups 15 or more, call toll free: 1-855-HIT-SHOW or 1-855-448-7469)