Tom Dudzick

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The Last Mass at St. Casimir's
(Over the Tavern, Part III)

PRAISE FOR LAST MASS


DAVID C. NICHOLS, L.A.TIMES:
Genuine warmth peeks through frozen Buffalo in "The Last Mass at St. Casimir's". In this final entry in his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Dudzick strands his Polish American clan together and deftly brings them to closure. His narrative style, with its gentle comedy and drama emerging from retroactive conflicts, can seem old fashioned. Yet that suits its valedictory aims, and family audiences may consider "Last Mass" a wholly respectable blessing.


CHRISTINA ABT, HAMBURG SUN:
In the third and last installment of his “Over the Tavern” trilogy, playwright Tom Dudzick once again gets it absolutely right in depicting his lakeside hometown. The production offers viewers generous doses of humor, drama and humanity neatly packaged within the unworldly microcosm of Dudzick’s real life family facsimile, the Pazinskis.


MARK GAMBLE, BLUE DOG:
The exposition is flawless and the dialogue that defines the Pazinski family dynamic is great entertainment. Skipping and jumping from topic to topic, the desultory nature of the conversations creates their realism. And it’s in these conversations that Dudzick is at his best. He masterfully postpones and delays information, making the audience wait for a punchline. It makes for a great way to spend a couple of hours.


ERIC MARCHESE, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER:
"Last Mass" works just fine as a standalone effort. Dudzick has peppered the proceedings with plenty of laugh lines. Anyone can readily see why he's referred to as "the Polish-Catholic Neil Simon."


LAWSON TAITTE, DALLAS NEWS:
A three-tissue comedy. You don't have to be Catholic to like this one. You just have to have lived in a family.

The Plays

Two new one-act plays featuring the Pazinski Family and Sister Clarissa!
The Irish Adaptation of "Over the Tavern"
Hilarious and heartfelt conflict over a “miracle” in the family barbershop. “Best comedy of the year in Connecticut. You have to see it to believe it.” ...John Georgette, Jr., Examiner.com
An hilarious and touching depiction of 1959 Americana. “Absolutely enchanting... a little bit of heaven!”
-Richard Christiansen, Chicago Tribune
The Pazinski clan ten years later, embroiled in the turbulent 60’s. “This is a ‘Moon’ that winces with pain and winks with joy.”
-Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
“Over the Tavern’s” final chapter takes place in the bar room almost a decade later, during the infamous Blizzard of ’77, and masterfully completes the Pazinski saga.
“Exhilarating, profound: what ineffective little adjectives to describe 'Greetings!'"
-J.R. South, Albany Times-Union
An hilarious look at religious fundamentalism!
A backstage comedy about a greenhorn Buffalo playwright swept up in the whirlwind of Broadway!
One-Act Comedy
A riotous road trip back to the old neighborhood.
Fine Art Print
Classic comics from films' golden age have their own last supper -- da Vinci style!

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