Bay Community Theater opens season with comedy

Bay Village theater-lovers are headed back to their seats. The Bay Village Community Theater players will stage “Over The River And Through The Woods,” by Joe DiPietro, in five performances in Bay Village during the last week in April and the first Sunday in May, as their opening salvo for area live theater-lovers this season.

Returning to last season’s venue at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Parkside Hall in Bay Village, the play, a family-friendly Italian-themed comedy, pits a footloose young man against his cagey Italian grandparents, who are intent on keeping him from moving away from them to the other side of the country.

Young Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. He sees both sets of grandparents every Sunday for dinner, but tells them during one meal that he is going to take his dream job in Seattle. They resort to all-out warfare, including bringing the lovely – and single – Caitlin in to help him change his mind. BackStage called it, “A hilarious family comedy that is even funnier than his (DiPietro’s) long-running musical review, ‘I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change’.”

Directed by Doug Farren, cast members include: Kristin Brosky as Caitlin, Rodger Govea as Nunzio, Margy Haas as Aida, Jonathon McCleery as Frank, Zack Mitchell as Nick and Meg Parish as Emma.

With riffs on the passions and humor of Italian life, “Over The River and Through The Woods” has quickly won a following among America’s theater lovers, for its audience-friendliness and good-natured humor.

Performances will take place Friday, April 27, through Sunday, May 6 – Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and one Sunday matinee, May 6, at 3 p.m. Plans call for intermission refreshments.

Ticket prices are $12; seniors and students, $10. Order online:, or call 440-847- 8494.

St. Barnabas is located at 468 Bradley Road, Bay Village. Parking at the Wolf Road entrance is free.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:53 AM, 04.17.2018