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Domino Theatre
In Rehearsal

Over the River
and Through the Woods

Over the River and Through the Woods, by Joe DiPietro

by Joe DiPietro
directed by Michelle McNichol
June 8,9,10,15,16,17,22,23, 7:30 p.m.
June 24, 2:00 p.m.
The Davies Foundation Auditorium
52 Church St., Kingston, ON

Nick, a young Italian-American, lives in New Jersey. He's single, and dinner with his four doting grandparents every Sunday is part of his set routine—even though he describes one set of grandparents as "the loudest people I ever met," and wonders "how did I ever come from these people?"

They may be loud and they may sometimes be exasperating, but Nick's grandparents are good old-fashioned people who love their grandson very much.

"Mr. DiPietro touches painlessly on the unbearable hold of love and loyalty. How much do you owe those who care unconditionally? Can it ever be paid off? But the play is so warming and funny that when Frank thinks a vegetarian is an animal doctor, you can pretend you didn't hear it."

The New York Times

Now, though, Nick has a chance at a dream job in Seattle that will take him across the country and away from his grandparents. When he finally manages to get a word in edgewise and tell his grandparents about his plans, they don't take the news well. So both sets of grandparents start scheming to keep him at home.

Part of their scheme, not too surprisingly, is introducing Nick to the beautiful and single Caitlin O'Hare.

The grandparents—Emma, Aida, Nunzio and Frank—may be hilarious but playwright Joe DiPietro maintains they're also true to life, and based largely on his own grandparents.

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Joe DiPietro

Joe DiPietro

Joe DePietro was born and raised in New Jersey, and graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in English.

He wrote the book and lyrics for the musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, which opened in 1996 and ran until July 2008, making it the second-longest-running off-Broadway musical ever.

His other credits include the plays The Virgin Weeps, The Kiss at City Hall and The Art of Murder, and the book and lyrics for musicals All Shook Up, Memphis, The Thing About Men, Toxic Avenger and Nice Work If You Can Get It.

We would like to acknowledge that this production takes place on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. We honour and give thanks to the land, its inhabitants and their enduring cultures.

Admission $20 (plus Grand Theatre surcharge). Tickets available through Kingston Grand Box Office, 613-530-2050 and online, until 2 p.m. on day of performance, and at the door (cash, debit, Visa, MasterCard, Apple Pay or Android Pay) on performance nights when available. Seniors and members $16 at the door on Thursdays only. Children and students $10.


New York Times review
CurtainUp Review
Wikipedia: Joe DiPietro