LEWISTON — The Public Theatre is staging “Crossing Delancey,” a romantic comedy about a doting Jewish grandmother who is determined to see her granddaughter get married before she dies.

Combining humor with heart, the production is a family comedy that reminds audiences of their crazy relatives and how much they love them.

Turned into a popular movie starring Amy Irving, “Crossing Delancey” is similar in tone to the much-loved film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

“This story, about an ambitious young woman caught between her grandmother’s world on Delancey Street in Manhattan, and her ‘modern’ desire for a love and life beyond what her family knows, reminds us of the difference between what we think we should have and what our heart really wants, and the importance of being true to ourselves,” said Director Christopher Schario.

The role of Bubbie, the Jewish grandmother, will be played Carol Schweid. She was in the original cast of “A Chorus Line” on Broadway and previously seen at The Public Theatre as the grandmother in “Over the River and Through the Woods.”

Also returning to The Public Theatre is Marina Re as Hannah the matchmaker, and Peter Simon Hilton as Tyler, a desirable but unattainable famous author. The role of the granddaughter, Izzy, will be played by Deanna McGovern. Ben Rosenblatt will play Sam the pickleman.

The set was designed by Judy Stacier, lighting by Bart Garvey and costumes by Kathleen Payton Brown.

The Public Theater’s annual silent auction will be held in the lobby throughout the production’s run.

Performances are scheduled for May 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14 and 15.

Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. There will be a 3 p.m. show on Saturday, May 14.

Tickets costs $20 for adults and $5 for those 18 and younger. They are available by calling 207-782-3200 and at www.thepublictheatre.org.

There will be a free pre-show wine-tasting hosted by Rails Restaurant in the lobby at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12.


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