The Last Mass at St. Casimir's

The Last Mass at St. Casimir's
Over the Tavern, Part III
by Tom Dudzick

Productions (15)
  • Comedy/Drama
  • 110 - 130 minutes
  • 2 f, 3 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Facsimile of a working bar room with doors to the street and upstairs apartment. Windows looking out to street with snow effect outside.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-200-0

The Last Mass at St. Casimir's
Over the Tavern, Part III
by Tom Dudzick

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Productions (15)
  • Comedy/Drama
  • 110 - 130 minutes
  • 2 f, 3 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Facsimile of a working bar room with doors to the street and upstairs apartment. Windows looking out to street with snow effect outside.

In the endearing last chapter of the Over the Tavern trilogy of plays, it's the end of an era in a working-class Catholic neighborhood, and the Pazinski clan has gathered to say their final goodbyes to their recently-sold childhood home. But when an unexpected blizzard compels the mayor to announce a driving ban throughout the city, they're trapped together in their old house, forced to confront and resolve lingering family issues -- albeit through miraculous and comical mishaps. Through all their trials and misfortune, the Pazinski family finally discovers the gifts of real love.

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Pricing Information

Min. Performance Fee* $100
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99

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Play Details

In the endearing last chapter of the Over the Tavern trilogy of plays, it's the end of an era in a working-class Catholic neighborhood, and the Pazinski clan has gathered to say their final goodbyes to their recently-sold childhood home. But when an unexpected blizzard compels the mayor to announce a driving ban throughout the city, they're trapped together in their old house, forced to confront and resolve lingering family issues -- albeit through miraculous and comical mishaps. Through all their trials and misfortune, the Pazinski family finally discovers the gifts of real love.

  • Comedy/Drama
  • 110 - 130 minutes
  • 2 f, 3 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Facsimile of a working bar room with doors to the street and upstairs apartment. Windows looking out to street with snow effect outside.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-200-0

Published Reviews

"A three-tissue comedy. You don't have to be Catholic to like this one. You just have to have lived in a family."

Lawson Taitte, Dallas News

"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."

David C. Nichols, L.A. Times

"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."

Christina Abt, Hamburg Sun

"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."

Mark Gamble, Blue Dog

"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.'"

Eric Marchese, Orange County Register

Production History

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MAR 09, 2017 - MAR 26, 2017
The Pineapple Playhouse
Fort Pierce, FL United States
The Pineapple Playhouse Fort Pierce, FL United States
OCT 10, 2014 - OCT 19, 2014
Alden Christian Theatre Society, Inc.
Alden, NY United States
Alden Christian Theatre Society, Inc. Alden, NY United States
JUL 17, 2014 - OCT 11, 2014
Lake George Dinner Theatre
Lake George, NY United States
Lake George Dinner Theatre Lake George, NY United States
OCT 30, 2013 - NOV 01, 2013
Paradise Valley High School
Phoenix, AZ United States
Paradise Valley High School Phoenix, AZ United States
APR 12, 2013 - APR 21, 2013
Community Players Theatre
Beatrice, NE United States
Community Players Theatre Beatrice, NE United States
APR 05, 2013 - APR 28, 2013
Circle Arts Theatre
New Braunfels, TX United States
Circle Arts Theatre New Braunfels, TX United States
APR 27, 2012 - MAY 05, 2012
Players De Noc, Inc
Escanaba, MI United States
Players De Noc, Inc Escanaba, MI United States
MAR 16, 2012 - APR 01, 2012
Erie Playhouse
Erie, PA United States
Erie Playhouse Erie, PA United States
JAN 27, 2012 - FEB 05, 2012
Alton Little Theater
Alton, IL United States
Alton Little Theater Alton, IL United States
JAN 13, 2011 - JAN 23, 2011
City Theatre Of Independence
Independence, MO United States
City Theatre Of Independence Independence, MO United States
JUN 17, 2009 - JUN 17, 2009
Richmond Hill Players
Port Byron, IL United States
Richmond Hill Players Port Byron, IL United States
JUN 11, 2009 - JUN 21, 2009
Richmond Hill Players
Geneseo, IL United States
Richmond Hill Players Geneseo, IL United States
AUG 01, 2007 - AUG 31, 2007
Circle Theatre
Fort Worth, TX United States
Circle Theatre Fort Worth, TX United States
JUN 01, 2007 - JUN 30, 2007
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
La Mirada, CA United States
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts La Mirada, CA United States
JAN 01, 2002 - JAN 31, 2002
Studio Arena Theatre
Buffalo, NY United States
Studio Arena Theatre Buffalo, NY United States
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JUL 17, 2014 - OCT 11, 2014
Lake George Dinner Theatre
Lake George, NY United States
Lake George Dinner Theatre Lake George, NY United States
AUG 01, 2007 - AUG 31, 2007
Circle Theatre
Fort Worth, TX United States
Circle Theatre Fort Worth, TX United States
JUN 01, 2007 - JUN 30, 2007
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
La Mirada, CA United States
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts La Mirada, CA United States
JAN 01, 2002 - JAN 31, 2002
Studio Arena Theatre
Buffalo, NY United States
Studio Arena Theatre Buffalo, NY United States