“Over the Tavern”
is Tom Dudzick's
play about a family struggling and growing together, based in part on his own childhood growing up in a Polish-American community. Called “one of the biggest grass roots successes in American regional theatres” by Chicago critic Chris Jones, “Over the Tavern” is funny and heartwarming concerning a family growing up over the family tavern in 1959 working class America. Four children are caught between the claustrophobic authoritarianism of the Sister Clarissa and an emotionally abusive father. Only their mother, with her good sense, sanity and wry humor, keeps this family afloat.