‘River’ flow is ending

Off B'Way comedy ran for almost two years, 'Barrio' to follow in Houseman

Joe DiPietro’s comedy “Over the River and Through the Woods” will close Sept. 3 at the John Houseman Theater after a total of 800 performances and 20 previews.

Helmed by Joel Bishoff, the Off Broadway production opened Oct. 5, 1998.

At a time when TV sitcoms dominate plot-driven humor, DiPietro’s play about a young man’s relationship with his four Italian-American grandparents has been one of the few long-running legit comedies on or off Broadway. DiPietro’s “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” with music by Jimmy Roberts, continues at the Westside Theater.

“Barrio Babies,” by Luis Santiero and Fernando Rivas, is expected to follow “Over the River” into the 287-seat Houseman Theater.

The Denver Center Theater Co. performed the musical about Hollywood’s stereotyping of Latinos at the Ricketson Theater in January. “Barrio Babies” was also part of the National Alliance for Musical Theater’s annual festival in September 1998.

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