Over The River And Through The Woods
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A drama by Jo DiPietro

Directed by Andrew Whyatt

4th-9th June 2007 at 7.45pm


Nick is a single Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey.

In fact he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he’s been offered a dream job. The job he’s been waiting for — marketing executive — would take him away from his beloved (but annoying) grandparents. He tells them. The news doesn’t sit so well.

Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family’s love, to move to Seattle for a job, wonder his grandparents?

Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely — and single — Caitlin O’Hare as bait ..... we won’t give the ending away here.

The Cast:

Emma Cristiano
Lolly Endacott
Nunzio Cristiano
Derek Hyder
Ada Gianelli
Virginia Harrington
Frank Gianelli
Tony Orman
Nick Cristiano
Paul Oliver
Caitlin O'Hare
Natalie Castka

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by Linda Kirkman, Theatre Critic for the Daily Echo.

"THIS play explores a subject to which we can almost all relate to some degree or other — the binding nature of family, the need for some to escape, and the insular, sometimes
selfish aspects of old age. But this somewhat serious pill is coated with gentle humour, making it easy, if thought-provoking, to swallow.

It is set around Nick Cristano, a young marketing executive who regularly visits his two sets of Italian-American grandparents in New Jersey, a bus ride away from his own home. When Nick makes an unexpected announcement about his future, it seems that his grandparents
will do all in their power to make him change his plans.

The claustrophobic atmosphere of the set-up, partly illustrated by the heat in a house where the air conditioning is not switched until July 4, regardless of the weather, and where food is offered as a panacea for all ills, is brilliantly conveyed in Andrew Whyatt's superb production. It hits all the right buttons and is beautifully performed by the entire cast - Paul Oliver (grandson Nick Cristano), Tony Orman & Virginia Harrington (Frank & Aida Gianelli), Derek Hyder & Lolly Endacott (Nunzio & Emma Cristano) and Natalie Castka (Emma's friend).

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