Over the Tavern, the regional hit memory play by Tom Dudzick, makes its Southern California debut Oct. 6-22 at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Terence Lamude (King O' the Moon) directs.
Dudzick's comedy about the fictional Pazinski family, inspired by his Catholic boyhood growing up above his father's bar in Buffalo, was a hit in three productions at Buffalo's Studio Arena Theatre and in theatres around the country. The sequel, Over the Tavern Part II: King O' the Moon, was an instant hit in November 1998 at the Studio Arena and nearly sold out when the co-production moved to the Pittsburgh Public Theater in January 1999. A third play, set twenty years after Tavern and ten years after Moon, is in the works, rounding out the trilogy. A New York City reading is expected for summer 2001.
Audiences fell in love with young Rudy of the first play. The pre- adolescent with a vivid imagination struggled with his three siblings, his folks and stern Sister Clarissa as he asked questions about faith, God and hell in the late 1950s. His impersonations of Ed Sullivan were a high point for Baby Boomers.
Over the Tavern was one of the major regional hits of the 1990s, playing Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA, Meadow Brook Theatre in the Detroit area, Sacramento Theatre Company, Capital Repertory Company in Albany, Little Lake Theatre Company in Canonsburg, PA,Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown, PA, Seven Angels Theatre of Waterbury, CT, Cincinnati Playhouse in Park and Actors' Theatre of Ashland, OR.
Tickets are $35. The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is located at 14900 La Mirada Boulevard. For reservations, call (562) 944-9801. The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is on the web at http://www.cityoflamirada.org/theahome.htm. — By Christine Ehren
and Kenneth Jones