PowPAC, Poway’s community theater, will present Over the Tavern from Friday, March 24 through Sunday, April 23. Set in the playwright’s hometown of Buffalo, NY during the 1950s, Over the Tavern tells the story of the Pazinski family – mom, dad, and their children Eddie, Annie, Georgie, and Rudy. The four children are caught between the claustrophobic authoritarianism of the Roman Catholic Church and an emotionally abusive father. When 12-year-old Rudy goes up against the ruler-welding Sister Clarissa and announces that instead of being confirmed he’d rather shop around for a more “fun” religion, all hell breaks loose. It is only his mother, with her good sense, sanity, and wry humor, who keeps the family afloat.

Originally published in 2006, Over the Tavern ran for over a year in Chicago and garnered critical praise. PowPAC performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 for general admission and $20 for students, seniors, and active duty military. For more information visit www.powpac.org.