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The Dining Room
AR Gurney’s The Dining Room at Jean’s Playhouse
May 13 & 14 – 7:30pm
May 15 – 2:00pm
The Dining Room is a richly humorous theatrical tour de force in which eight performers portray an array of diverse characters as they delineate the dying lifestyle of wealthy WASPdom, and the now neglected room which was once a vital center of family life.
The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast, dinner and any and all special occasions. The action is a mosaic of interrelated scenes-some funny, some touching, some rueful-which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP. The actors change roles, personalities and ages with virtuoso skill as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids.