Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - WHAT'S ON -

PARK­ERVILLE hus­band and wife Luke and Shelly Miller are learn­ing all about dys­func­tional fam­i­lies and moth­ersin-law from hell.

They are ap­pear­ing in Mar­loo Theatre’s lat­est of­fer­ing The An­niver­sary, a black com­edy where a mother binds her three sons to her with gifts, threats and ruth­less ex­ploita­tion of their weak­nesses.

Writ­ten by Bill MacIl­wraith and di­rected by Forrestfield res­i­dent Rob Warner, the show sees re­volt in the air as they come to cel­e­brate their par­ents’ wed­ding an­niver­sary, de­spite dad be­ing dead for years.

One son gath­ers the courage to tell his mother he’s tak­ing his wife and fam­ily to Canada while an­other breaks the news of his im­pend­ing mar­riage, but is it enough to stop their mother rul­ing the roost?

The Millers are find­ing art im­i­tates life in the pro­duc­tion,

fea­tures, from left, Paul Reed, Bene­dict Chau, Park­erville res­i­dent Shelly Miller, Jac­qui Warner and Luke Miller, also of Park­erville.

given they are play­ing hus­band and wife on stage, although they only have two chil­dren in real life, not five.

“Terry is a car­pen­ter and works for his mother. He’s al­ways led and never a leader; he’s eas­ily ma­nip­u­lated by his mother and pretty much ev­ery­one else,” Luke said.

The An­niver­sary plays at 8pm on April 27, 28, May 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18 and 19 with 2pm mati­nees on April 29, May 6 and 13. Tick­ets are $22, $20 con­ces­sion, $18 mem­bers. Book on 6270 1465 or at www.try­book­

Mar­loo Theatre is at 20 Mar­loo Road, Green­mount.

Picture: Mar­loo

The An­niver­sary

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