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Elgin Theatre Company Presents: Over The Tavern

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Friday, June 14, 2019
8:00pm-10:00pm
Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, 8th Floor, Elgin, IL, 60120

Elgin Theatre Company Presents the poignant family comedy, OVER THE TAVERN by Tom Dudzick.

Director – Linda Collins
AD/SM – Heather Manzella

Performances run for three weekends, from May 31 to June 16, 2019 at Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, 8th Floor, Elgin.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., 9 performances.

SYNOPSIS:
In that most idealized period of 20th-century America, the Eisenhower years of the 1950s, the Pazinski family has a lot going on in their cramped Buffalo apartment. The youngest of the bunch, 12-year-old Rudy, is a smart, wise-cracking kid who’s starting to question family values and the Roman Catholic Church. When Rudy goes up against the ruler-wielding Sister Clarissa and announces that instead of being confirmed he’d rather shop around for a more “fun” religion, all hell breaks loose. A warm and hilarious look at family, growing up, and God.

The OVER THE TAVERN CAST:
Sister Clarissa – Arlene Arnone
Chet – Joe Butterworth
Ellen – Dianne Wawrzyniak
Annie – Claire Jolie Goodman
Eddie – Jim Knapp
Eddie – Ethan Rhoads
Rudy – Colton Vaclavek
Gigi – Alizé Lee
Georgie – Colin Goodman
Break legs and can’t wait to see your wonderful show!!

TICKETS:
General Admission
Adults – $20.00
Senior/Student – $18.00
Group Sales Tickets (10+) – please call 847-741-0532.
Online tickets available at www.elgin-theatre.org
Tickets available at the door. Cash, check and credit card.
No reservations please. Thank you.

PRODUCTION DATES AND TIMES:
Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 16. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

LOCATION:
Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, 8th Floor, Elgin.

Richard Christiansen, Chicago Tribune
“Over the Tavern with a heart as big as its belly laughs, is the nearest Catholic equivalent to date of Neil Simon’s tenderly Jewish-American Lost in Yonkers and his Brighton Beach trilogy. Dudzick’s is a voice that tells us who we were, which is, after all, the first measure of who we have become.”

Ed Blanc, Pittsburgh Tribune Review
“As funny as the play is, what really makes it work is the humanity of the characters playwright Tom Dudzick creates. These are not great people with great problems. These are real people with real problems. The situation and problems that the play addresses still exist, and recognizing them through these characters is what makes Over the Tavern so special.”

Bob Goepfert, The Troy Record (New York)
“In Over the Tavern, his utterly charming semi-autobiographical play about a Polish Catholic family in Buffalo in the late 1950’s, Tom Dudzick has created something of a companion piece to Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs.

Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times
“In Over the Tavern, his utterly charming semi-autobiographical play about a Polish Catholic family in Buffalo in the late 1950’s, Tom Dudzick has created something of a companion piece to Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs.

Elgin Theatre Company is a 2017 BroadwayWorld Chicago winner for “Best Revival of a Play” (Resident Non-equity) for their production of THE ODD COUPLE.

For additional information about the show, please call Linda Collins, Director, at 847-264-0579.

This program is funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council.

Over the Tavern is presented through special arrangement with Playsrcipts, Inc.

To learn more about Elgin Theatre Company, please visit us at www.elgin-theatre.org

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