September 26 - October 21, 2012 • On the Mainstage
Sometimes A Boy Just Wants To Have A Little Fun
Precocious 12-year-old Rudy believes that we were put on earth “to have fun.” He refuses to be force-fed rules and values from anyone – not from his parents and especially not from Sister Clarissa. Comedy
Theater review: ‘Over the Tavern’ — a family dramedy
THE GAZETTE • October 4, 2012 • BY LARRY BANGS
The accepted wisdom with regard to successful playwriting is that your play can never really claim all-out success until it passes the test of Broadway.
Somehow, “Over the Tavern,” a quaint, often funny and sometimes painful combination of comedy and drama began its life in Buffalo, N.Y. (where it sold out for three years) and then made the circuit of major regional theaters around the country without so much as a passing glance at the Big Apple. Quite a feat.
‘Over the Tavern’ at Olney Theatre Center
DC METRO THEATER ARTS • October 1, 2012 • BY AMANDA GUNTHER
Love your family, forget and forgive the sins of the past and above all be true to yourself. That is the gentle message that we find tucked into the scenes of Tom Dudzick’s Over The Tavern being presented on the Main Stage of Olney Theatre Center this fall. Directed by John Going this fond coming-of-age tale focuses on the Pazinski family, your average Catholic-Polish family living atop the tavern their father runs in 1959. At the center of the family is 12-year-old Rudy Pazinski who not only loves doing his Ed Sullivan impersonations, but has a vastly curious mind. This is all well and fine until he starts to question Sister Clarissa about why God put them on earth and starts to use his vast creativity to come up with new theories on religion. It’s as tender and touching as it is comical and entertaining.
Online Resources for Over the Tavern