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The Albright Theatre presents “Over the Tavern”

Apr 04, 2016 11:17AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

The Albright Theatre in Batavia is proud to present “Over the Tavern” by Tom Dudzick, a show that is sure to put a smile on your face. “Over the Tavern” is a warm and hilarious look at family, faith and growing up in the 1950s. Twelve-year-old Rudy Pazinski is a smart kid, with an even smarter mouth, who is starting to question his parents, rules 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, prepare yourself for a little fire and brimstone and a lot of laughs.

“It’s not just a show about living in the 1950s as a Catholic family, it’s a slice of life that many people can relate to, highlighting the trials and tribulations of the average family with all its joys and pitfalls,” said director Jeff Pripusich. “It’s a wonderful story with many touching and humorous moments. I hope audiences can see a part of themselves or their family and friends in one or more of the characters.”

Jonah Harder of Montgomery plays the precocious Rudy. Landon Keller (Batavia), Nathan Reilly (Glen Ellyn), Abby Kennedy (Batavia), Jami Johnson (Geneva) and Jim Oberg (Oswego) are the other members of the Pazinski family, and Dorothy Attermeyer (Hinsdale) plays Sister Clarissa. This production of “Over the Tavern” is supported by assistant director and stage manager Cara Schuster of Batavia and producer Jeannine Collins of Carol Stream.  

Jeff Pripusich of North Aurora is excited to be making his directorial debut. “I felt a real connection to the script,” he said. “I grew up in the Catholic faith and had a few Sister Clarissas at my grade school. As my wonderful cast brings these characters to life, I feel nothing but joy in seeing the details come together. I can't wait for people to see this show.”

Performance dates for “Over the Tavern” are April 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, May 1, 6 and 7. Rated PG. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm The Albright Theatre Company is located at 100 N. Island Ave. (3rd floor of the Batavia Government Building), Batavia, IL, 60510. Tickets are $15 for Adults & $12 for Students/Seniors. Reservations are highly recommended – please call (630) 406-8838. For more information, please visit the Albright Theatre website at