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The Elgin Theatre Company concludes its 2018-2019 season with its production of Over the Tavern. Over the Tavern was written by Tom Dudzick.


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. Over the Tavern is a warm and hilarious look at family, growing up, and God.


"A hilarious and touching depiction of 1959 Americana. Absolutely enchanting...a little bit of heaven!" - 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



Tom Dudzick


"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)



Performances of in Over the Tavern will be held on May 31, June 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16, 2019. All performances will be held at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, 8th Floor, Elgin, IL 60120. Friday and Saturday performances start at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday performances start at 2:00 p.m.


The Sunday performances will be interpreted for the hearing impaired.


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Over the Tavern is produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.




This production is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.






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