Minnie & Liraz is a riotous new play starring legendary actors Nancye Hayes (Jerry’s Girls) and Sue Jones (Other Desert Cities) as fiercely competitive bridge-playing grandmothers.
A brainchild of the magnificent Lally Katz and directed by award-winning director Anne-Louise Sarks, Minnie & Liraz comes to Geelong this month after premiering at Arts Centre Melbourne in May.
Virginia Gay (Winners & Losers), Rhys McConnochie (Endgame), Georgina Naidu (Newton’s Law) and Peter Paltos (Calpurnia Descending) complete the cast of this charming oddball story of Jewish grandparents and raw ambition.
The Autumn Road Retirement Village in Caulfield has an ultra-competitive bridge club, although with time and tide doing its inevitable work, no bridge partnership lasts for long. When Minnie Cohen loses her partner in an unfortunate swimming accident, the best player in the village, Liraz Weinberg, wants them to team up. They’d be unbeatable all right, but Minnie abhors Liraz and wants something in return. She has a granddaughter and Liraz has a grandson, and both are hopelessly single. Laying all her cards on the table, Minnie is bidding hearts.
Director Anne-Louise Sarks said, ‘I was immediately drawn to the incredible, charming and complex women at the centre of Minnie & Liraz. I can’t wait to bring it to life. Lally’s writing is truly original and her latest play is deeply funny, honest and heart-warming – plus there’s the excitement of the bridge championship and a twist that even I did not see coming! In Minnie & Liraz, like all great comedies, there’s real truth at the core and the stakes are high.’
Award-winning writer Lally Katz has earned a reputation as one of the most unique voices in contemporary Australian playwriting. Anne-Louise Sarks is an award-winning theatre maker whose work has been performed around the world.
Melbourne Theatre Company’s Minnie & Liraz comes to Geelong for five performances in the Drama Theatre, June 28 to July 1. Tickets are $69 or less. Book at gpac.org.au or phone Box Office on 5225 1200.