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Over The River and Through the Woods
a Comedy/Drama
CATEGORY :
by Joe DiPietro

COMPANY : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 428

SHOWING : October 04, 2002 - November 16, 2002

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Nick is a single, Italian-American guy form New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he’s been offered a dream job. The job he has been waiting for – marketing executive – would take him away from his beloved, but annoying grandparents. He tells them. The news does not set so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family’s love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Frank, Aida, Nunzio, and Emma do their level best to keep him from moving away, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely – and single – Caitlin O’Hare as bait


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Over the River and Through the Woods
by Susan
Friday, October 18, 2002
5.0
Even though the title may be a bit deceiving, Over the River and Through the Woods is one of the most endearing productions I have seen in a while. The script is witty and quick, and the director and cast did a wonderful job in bringing the writer's words to life through rich and colorful characters. Each is unique and fun to watch, and manages to maintain a special bond with one another. There are no weak links in this production. All details have been tended to, including the set. You'll laugh out loud through the play and cry during some of the more tender moments. Highly recommended for an enjoyable night out at the theater. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Tengo Familia!!
by GaTallOne
Saturday, October 5, 2002
4.0
“Over the River and Through the Woods “ lives up to its name. It is a journey through life. We see both ends of the spectrum. First we meet Nick Cristano, a young man with a future that is looking brighter everyday. He has it all. Good looks. A promotion to a job that he loves. In essence, his whole live ahead of him. He then introduces us to his Grandparents. Aida, Frank, Nunzio, and Emma. Four of the most loveable, irascible, sweet people you could want to meet. They are at the other end of the spectrum. They are facing their twilight years. Frank has difficulty driving. Nunzio is retired and being dragged on endless excursions by his wife and Aida thinks the whole world is undernourished and in need of fresh pasta and Crumb Cake. And Emma will always be there to provide you with a Mass Card to heal your tortured soul. But both Nick and his grandparents are connected by a common bond. Their common bond is love of Family. Throughout the show they demonstrate this love over and over. They are of a different generation and this is the source of the humor of the play Nick has difficulty in bridging the generation gap. We watch as he tries to explain that he, the last of the younger generation, is about to move, and it is not out of the city (New York) but to Seattle, Washington. The fun begins as the Grandparents begin to plot on how to keep him there. Including a Blind Date with beautiful single catholic girl.

David Kronawitter is outstanding as Nick. He has the difficult task of having to show tension within the family as he makes his announcement as well as the frustration in dealing with his Grandparents total lack of understanding as to why he has to make this move. The actor walks the fine line but always lets the audience see the love that he feels for these people, even if he doesn’t always understand them.

The remainder of the cast is wonderful as well. Each brings a wonderful richness to their parts. They each make you want sit down and have dinner with them.

The production values are, as usually for this intimate theater, outstanding. The set is wonderful. You feel like you are right there in their living room.

Don’t miss it.


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