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Dinner with Friends
     

Dinner with Friends

by Donald Margulies
 

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Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

“In pondering issues of intimacy, passion and the pleasure and dolors of conjugal routine, Margulies writes about relationships with such intelligence and spiky humor that his comedy-drama…becomes something quite wonderful.” –William Tynan, Time

“A true feast. Dinner with

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Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

“In pondering issues of intimacy, passion and the pleasure and dolors of conjugal routine, Margulies writes about relationships with such intelligence and spiky humor that his comedy-drama…becomes something quite wonderful.” –William Tynan, Time

“A true feast. Dinner with Friends is sober, wise and extremely funny…Mr. Margulies writes with elegance and wit about intimacy, trust, privacy and the toll of time and monogamy on sexual passion, matters that aren’t easily expressed in dramatic dialogue.” –Vincent Canby, New York Times

“The complexities of marriage and friendship are dissected with wit and intelligence in Dinner with Friends. At once tender and disturbing… drawn with an intriguing psychological complexity that feels quietly real. Margulies depicts the vagaries of spousal relationships with humor and pathos in an insightful manner that will undoubtedly spur meaningful conversations between couples.” –Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

Filled with humor, warmth, insight and wisdom, Dinner with Friends is a modern day masterpiece on the destruction of today's marriage. Through Margulies's flawless use of language and his ability to convey the truest of dialogue and characterization, we watch, as the two couples do, our closest friends going through a wrenching breakup. Not only does he create vivid detail of a marriage in decline, he also brilliantly depicts the couple's closest friends, and how this new mirror to their own marriage sends them through a whirlwind of raw emotion and self-reflection.

Donald Margulies received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dinner with Friends. The play received numerous awards, including the American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, the Dramatists Guild/Hull-Warriner Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk nomination, and has been produced all over the United States and around the world. In addition to his adaptation of God of Vengeance, his many plays include Collected Stories, The Country House, Sight Unseen, The Model Apartment, The Loman Family Picnic, What’s Wrong with This Picture? and Time Stands Still. Mr. Margulies currently lives with his wife and their son in New Haven, Connecticut, where he teaches playwriting at Yale University.

Editorial Reviews

Time
...Margulies writes about relationships with such intelligence and spiky humor that his comedy-drama...becomes something quite wonderful.
NY Times
...wry and keenly observed and bathed in the unspoken sorrow that can sneak up on you in middle age...
NY Daily News
...full of life, warmth, laughs and wisdom...
San Francisco Examiner
A breezy comedy of modern manners that turns poignant and deeply affecting by its end. Margulies touches chords that resonate with a deep affecting humanity.
New York Magazine
Two married couples have been best friends for years. In their Connecticut home, Karen and Gabe, international food writers, are giving a dinner for Beth and Tom, which he doesn't attend. It emerges from the heartbroken Beth that he has left her for another woman. Gabe and Karen are almost as crushed, having expected 'to grow old and fat together, the four of us.' When Tom shows up at his home in the next scene, late at night, he is enraged that Beth broke the news of their breakup in his absence. Late as it is, he rushes over to his friends in the next scene to present his side of the story. Act Two begins with another dinner, twelve and half years earlier, in a summer house on Martha's Vineyard, where Karen and Gabe are introducing Beth to Tom. Then we skip five months after the events in Act One, as Beth reveals to Karen … that she has fallen in love with an old friend whom she intends to marry … Later that day, in a Manhattan bar, Tom, a lawyer, tells Gabe about his [newfound] happiness, to which Gabe reacts sourly. Still later that night, Gabe and Karen are going to bed in the Vineyard house, and discuss the Tom-and-Beth situation, as well as their own [marriage] … clinging to it like the shipwrecked to their raft … From this already you can gather that there is skillful construction here, as well as keen psychological insight … Donald Margulies is establishing himself as one of our leading playwrights.
Time Magazine
… Margulies writes about relationships with such intelligence and spiky humor that his comedy-drama … becomes something quite wonderful.
The New York Times
… wry and keenly observed and bathed in the unspoken sorrow that can sneak up on you in middle age …
The San Francisco Examiner
A breezy comedy of modern manners that turns poignant and deeply affecting by its end. Margulies touches chords that resonate with a deep affecting humanity.
John Simon
Dinner with Friends is entertainment as succulent as it is sobering.
New York Magazine
Debra Jo Immergut
Donald Margulies has drawn one of the most complex and convincing portraits of a marriage in recent memory.
The Wall Street Journal
David Kaufman
This is a smart and subtle play that understands there are no easy answers as people evolve and relationships settle into routine.
Daily News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580812665
Publisher:
L.A. Theatre Works
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Donald Margulies's other plays include "Collected Stories", "The Loman Family Picnic", "Sight Unseen" and "Dinner with Friends", for which he was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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