Photo Flash: Thomas Mothershed & Co. in OVER THE TAVERN at The Herb Strauss Theatre, Sanibel


Check out these production shots of Over the Tavern, featuring Thomas Mothershed (Chet), Jenny Smith (Ellen), Tommy Short (Rudy), Jake Mann (Georgie), Justen Montgomery (Eddie), Angelina Torre (Annie) and Nancy Antonio (Sister Clarissa). The show runs through Saturday, April 21, Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Herb Strauss Theater. Over The Tavern is Directed by Marc Tumminelli.

Often referred to by theater critics as "the Catholic Neil Simon," Tom Dudzick created a trilogy of semi-auto­biographical comedies, Over the Tavern is the first in the series. The story is set in the 1950s, a time when life was simpler than today. That is, if you weren't 12-year-old Rudy Pazinski. Rudy and the rest of his Polish-Catholic family each struggle to reconcile conservative family values with the pursuit of happiness. Preparing for his catechism, Rudy is hard-pressed to find support for his theory that God put people on earth to have fun and his sister, Annie, is beginning to grapple with the confusion of her sexual awakening. Answers are few and doubt certainly abounds in this play. Parental guidance suggested: some mild adult language.

Tickets are $42 for adults and $20 for children. For more information the show and to purchase tickets, visit the Herb Strauss Theater Box Office at 2200 Periwinkle Way; call (239) 472-6862 or (239) 395-0900; or log on to

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