Cyprus Mail

By Maria Gregoriou

With theatre productions ongoing all around, here are a few suggestions on where you can enter someone else’s world, someone else’s story and someone else’s stage for a while.

As of tomorrow THOC will be presenting the Pulitzer and Tony award winning play August: Osage Country by Tracy Letts.

If your fancy takes to a tragic story, filled with hints of black comedy, then this is definitely the play for you as it focuses on dramatising three generations of unfilled dreams, while also making sure that not even one of its 13 characters are left without scars.

The theatrical play was adapted for the big screen in 2013, when Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor took on the task of capturing the story on film and exposed the hidden secrets of a modern dysfunctional family.

The whole thing starts when the alcoholic patriarch of the Weston family disappears and the rest of the family members come back home to console Mrs Weston, who is suffering from cancer and is addicted to pills.

When the family sits down for a meal, food is not the only thing that is passed around the table. Criticism is given out freely, tension is raised and secrets unveiled.

The play will be running until May 16 and it features Dinos Liras, Ermina Kiriazi, Annita Santorinaiou and Niovi Charalambous, among others.

But if you are not in the mood to see a dysfunctional family get together, then the comedy The (M)adam’s Family currently being performed at the Engomio Cultural Centre in Nicosia might get you into a dark and grim mood with a twist.

This is an original Gothic parody musical, during which a number of performers, actors and musicians entertain for two hours, while having the audience gripping at the edge of its seats with suspense.

So get ready for a little madness, some truly haunting acting, keys played on a piano, strings of a bass guitar strumming, the blowing of a saxophone and some banging on the percussion. And all this madness is being directed by Lea Maleni.

Yet, if you have more of a romantic soul, then the performance of The Fisherman and his Soul, based on the story by Oscar Wilde, is sure to melt your loving heart.

If you have seen the movie Splash with Tom Hanks, then you kind of know the plot already – a young fisherman falls in love with a mermaid and wants to marry her but a creature of the sea and a creature of land just can’t be together.

The only way for the fisherman to live his dream with the mermaid and live under sea is to give up his soul. The next part of the story (when the fisherman visits a witch) is more familiar to that of The Little Mermaid who falls in love with a man and in order to be able to live on land, gives up her singing voice to Ursula, the Sea Witch.

So what happens when he visits the witch and does he get the girl, the mermaid, in the end? Ahh you will have to go to a performance to find out.

August: Osage County
Performance of the play by Tracy Letts. March 14 until May 16. THOC New Theatre Building, 9 Gregori Afxentiou, Nicosia. 8.30pm (6pm on Sundays). €12/6. In Greek. Tel: 22-864300

The (M)adam’s Family
Performance of the original Gothic parody musical. Until March 29. Engomio Cultural Centre, 8 Neas Engomis Street, Engomi, Nicosia. 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 70-000138

The Fisherman and His Soul
Performance based on the story by Oscar Wilde. Until March 29. Skala Theater, 15 Kyriakou Matsi Street, Larnaca. 8.30pm (6.30pm on Sundays). In Greek. Tel: 24-652800

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