Relatives take matters into their own hands in Murphys Creek Theatre’s latest show, and the results are touching and funny. “Over the River and Through the Woods” opens at 7 p.m. Friday at the Black Bart Playhouse in Murphys.
Written by Joe DiPietro, “Over the River and Through the Woods” emerged in the 1990s. It visits with two generations of an Italian-American family in suburban New Jersey, where the elders conspire to keep their closest grandson near to them. Sunday dinner wouldn’t be the same without Nick, so the grandparents devise a plan.
Nick is a single marketing guy who’s close to landing his dream job, but it would cause him to have to move out West. He loves his relatives, but they drive him to distraction. When he tells them of the potential move, the news doesn’t sit so well.
“My grandparents firmly believed in the three Fs of life: family, faith and food,” Nick says.
From the older generation’s misunderstandings of modern conveniences to a Trivial Pursuit game that gets crazy, learning how Nick navigates tradition and growing up is where this show succeeds.
Maryann Curmi directs the show that stars Kyle Moses as Nick. Sharon Perras, Sally McClellan, Cam Deen and Mike Moon are the well-meaning but stuck-in-the-past grandparents and Sara Garcia appears as part of the elders’ scheme to keep Nick on the East Coast.
The show plays at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 30 at the theater at 580 S. Algiers St., Murphys. Tickets are $20 to $22 at murphyscreektheatre.org or call 728-8422.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 30
WHERE: Black Bart Playhouse, 580 S. Algiers St., Murphys
TICKETS: $20 to $22 at murphyscreektheatre.org or 728-8422
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