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The Kavinoky Theatre, a professional theatre on the campus of D'Youville College, will open its 35th season with the 20th anniversary production of OVER THE TAVERN - Buffalo's favorite play written and directed by Tom Dudzick. This limited engagement opens on September 12 and runs through October 5, 2014 and features Ellen Horst as Sister Clarissa; Steve Jakiel and Brigitt Markusfeld as the parents; Connor Graham, Jackson Mysliwy, and Caroline Schettler as the siblings; and Samuel Fesmire as the 12-year-old rebel, Rudy Pazinski.

Called “one of the biggest grass roots successes in American regional theatres” by Chicago critic Chris Jones, "Over the Tavern" is a funny and heartwarming play that deals with a family growing up over the family tavern in 1959 working class Buffalo, New York. Four children are caught between the claustrophobic authoritarianism of the Roman Catholic Church and an emotionally abusive father. Only their mother, with her good sense, sanity and wry humor, keeps this family afloat.

At the center of the family is 12-year-old Rudy, a rebel and Ed Sullivan impersonator. Rudy goes knuckle to ruler with his formidable teacher, Sister Clarissa, questioning everything and claiming that God put us on earth to have fun. Only weeks away from his confirmation, Rudy proclaims, “I read where there are over thirteen hundred religions in the world. I’d like to shop around!”

Performances for this four-week limited engagement (September 12 - October 5, 2014) will take place on Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. The gala opening night performance will be held on Friday, September 12 at 8:00 p.m. and includes a catered wine reception with the cast following the performance. Tickets are $39.00 with discounts available to seniors, students, military, and groups. For tickets, call (716) 829-7668 or click the tab below.

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