‘Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life’ has closed it’s 43 show Australian tour, receiving rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. With shows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and regional NSW and VIC this was the biggest tour to date for the show. It has now staged over 100 shows in Australia, with seasons in New York and Norway and even a performance in the United Nations, making it a true Australian theatre success story.
“This is the start of something big for this witty musical comedy that depicts real life to a tee…Writer, producer and performer Amity Dry has nailed it with Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life. This sassy, tell-it-how-it-is story seems so obvious it’s a wonder no one has thought of it before… It’s slick and snappy, with witty lyrics and belly laughs aplenty. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5”
Jo McEniery, ArtsHub
“This beautifully written musical explores the reality of marriage and motherhood…Where Dry has succeeded is in writing an endearing story that moves between lighter and darker moments seamlessly…The funnier moments are appropriately over-the-top, while the darker moments are handled with tenderness and sincerity…Mother Wife and the Complicated Life is a musical that Australia should be proud to claim as being home-grown, that has also succeeded on the international stage and Amity Dry has proven to be a truly talented composer, writer and performer. Let’s hope there’s much more to come. Rating: 5 Stars” Alison Hillbig, Theatre People
“Completing the rarely achieved task of writing the book, music and lyrics, Amity Dry displays keen insight and strong empathy for a range of characters at differing points of motherhood…The combination of intelligent songs and excellent performers creates abundant laugh-out-loud moments as the audience recognises and appreciates the characters’ situations. Given the potentially frothy nature of such entertainment, Dry bravely includes serious emotional moments that address some rarely spoken truths behind motherhood. The risk pays off with a deeper, more involving show that provides food for thought in addition to all the laughs.” Simon Parris, Man in Chair
“If you’re lucky, you find musicals that are funny and endearing and speak to you on a personal level. This is one of those musicals. Amity Dry is extremely clever in not only writing music (some with Mark Ferguson) and lyrics, but in crafting a book which is largely vignette based and reminiscent of the revue styles of Nunsense and Menopause the Musical. It’s a genuinely warm and witty show and great entertainment value. And how wonderful to be able to say that it’s entirely Australian.”
Carol Drouyn, Stage Whispers
“There’s much humour in all of this but also a good-hearted realism about the physical realities of birth and babies and sexuality that the cast (and the audience) clearly relishes. It certainly deserves to find an audience who will appreciate its frankness, energy and fun.”
Alana Maclean, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times, The Guardian
There are now further European adaptations in the works for 2017/18 so stay tuned for more on this exciting show!