March 11-13, 18-20 and 25 & 26, 2011
by Tom Dudzick
Directed by Edwin F. Heary
Local playwright Tom Dudzick's masterfully written Over The Tavern will soon settle in for a brief, yet comfortable, run on the historic Hamlin Park Roycroft Pavilion stage. Directed by Edwin F. Heary, this edgy comedy serves as the time machine that transports us back to the 1950s - through the eyes of 12-year old Rudy Pazinski, a boy who ponders the recklessness of all the authority figures who constantly seek to rein him in. Central to the mayhem in Rudy's life is his dysfunctional family, with whom he lives in an apartment above a Buffalo tavern. Along with his teacher, Sister Clarissa, these characters and their story remind us of real family problems that we, ourselves, once faced - back in those "good old days."
With 30-plus years of community theatre involvement, Mr. Heary feels privileged to bring Over The Tavern to the historic Roycroft Pavilion "boards." No stranger to AP's stage, this show marks his AP directing debut. An insurance agent by trade, previous directing credits include It's A Wonerful Life and The Odd Couple for Springville Players; selected roles include Avram, the Bookseller, in Aurora Players' Fiddler On The Roof and Neal Tilden in Springville Players' production of The 1940s Radio Hour.