When a young New Jersey man announces to his grandparents that he’s taking a dream job in Seattle, the old folks — who have their grandson over for dinner every Sunday — cook up a scheme to keep him from leaving the nest. It’s the plot of “Over the River and Through the Woods,” a play opening Friday at Gilbert’s award-winning Hale playhouse that aims to tickle the funny bone and pull at the heart strings.
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DETAILS >> Opens 7:30 p.m. Friday and runs through July 9. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. $22. (480) 497-1181 or www.haletheatrearizona.com.