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Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Comedy opens Riverside Players 58th season

“Over the River and Through the Woods” starts Wednesday.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The comedy, “Over the River and Through the Woods,” is first up on the 58th season of Neenah’s Riverside Players, starting Wednesday, June 25. Info: www.ci.neenah.wi.us.

The title is a play on the old song, “Over the River … to grandfather’s house we go.”

Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. He sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. Now he’s been offered a dream job that will take him far away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. Nick’s grandparents will make every attempt, fair and unfair, to keep him from moving.

Written by Joe DiPietro, “Over the River and Thorough the Woods” ran for more than two years in New York. DiPietro also wrote the hits “Memphis” and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

Directing the community cast is Tim Killian, who has acted and directed in plays in the Green Bay area. Performances continued through Sunday, June 29, in the Riverside Park pavilion.

According to the City of Neenah website, “A combination of municipal sponsorship, community involvement and scenic environment sets the Riverside Players apart from any other community theater in Wisconsin.”

Productions annually include a five-night run of a play in late June and a nine-night run of a musical in late July or early August. This year, the musical is “Guys on Ice,” which is about Wisconsin buddies who love ice fishing almost as much as they love the Green Bay Packers. The show by Fred Alley and James Kaplan spends a day in the life of home-grown philosophers who sing such songs as “The Wishing Hole,” “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit” and “Fish is the Miracle Food.” Directing is Corrie Beula Kovacs with music direction by Bethany Abrahamson. Performances run July 24 to Aug. 3.

Watch for a special feature on “Guys on Ice” on this site and on air Sunday, June 29.

You may email me at warren.gerds@wearegreenbay.com. Watch for my on-air features on WFRV between 6 and 8 a.m. Sundays.

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