Posted on 04/26/2016 12:00pm by Jennifer Madigan
If you’re a grandmother, granddaughter, or anyone looking for a great Mother’s Day present, The Public Theatre has the perfect gift for you. It’s called Crossing Delancey, a delightful romantic comedy about a doting Jewish grandmother who is determined to see her granddaughter get married before she dies. Who needs match.com, when your grandmother knows a matchmaker? But is Sam, the neighborhood pickleman, the kind of husband a girl has in mind?
Combining humor with heart, Crossing Delancey is an entertaining family comedy that reminds us of our crazy relatives and how much we 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. Director, Christopher Schario says, “This story, about an ambitious young woman caught between her grandmother’s world on Delancey Street in lower 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.”.
Voted the “Best Theatre in Maine” three years in a row by Down East Magazine, The Public Theatre hires professional actors from New York, bringing the best talent from Broadway and beyond to Lewiston, Maine. The role of Bubbie, the Jewish grandmother we all wish we had, will be played by Carol Schweid. Carol was in the original cast of the famous musical A Chorus Line on Broadway and was previously seen at The Public Theatre as the grandmother in Over the River and Through the Woods. Also returning to The Public Theatre will be Marina Re as Hannah the matchmaker, and Peter Simon Hilton as Tyler, a desirable, yet unattainable, famous author. The role of the granddaughter, Izzy, will be played by Deanna McGovern, and Sam the pickleman will be played by Ben Rosenblatt.
The set for Crossing Delancey recreates a bit of both of New York City’s lower eastside and Izzy’s “uptown” world, has been designed by Judy Staicer, lighting by Bart Garvey and costumes by Kathleen Payton Brown. The Public Theatre’s Annual Silent Auction will be held in the lobby during the run of the production.