The Dining Room

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The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is comprised of 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...
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Overview

The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is comprised of 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. Each vignette introduces a new set of people and events; a father lectures his son on grammar and politics; a boy returns from boarding school to discover his mother's infidelity; a senile grandmother doesn't recognize her own sons at Christmas dinner; a daughter, her marriage a shambles, pleads futilely to return home, etc. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity.
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Editorial Reviews

NY Daily News
THE DINING ROOM serves a banquet of theatrical riches.
NY Post
...hilarious and touching...as comic sketch crazily succeeds comic sketch a whole pattern of American life emerges...
NY Times
...often funny and rueful and, by the end, very moving.
Variety
...a thoughtful and superbly written comedy...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822203100
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1982
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2002

    Could I be anymore in The Dinning Room??

    This play was unbelievable! I couldn't put it down! (No literally it was physically stuck to my hand with superglue)I would reccomend it to all children 2.5-2.75 years of age! Very funny! I love all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2000

    The Play that makes you think

    This wonderful piece of literature is an awesome play. The entire play takes place in one dining room, and it is very hard to determine whether it is the same dining room over the years, or many different dining rooms throughout the country. This play is sometimes performed with just 6 actors, never changing costumes, which makes the performance confusing for the audience. A MUST HAVE FOR EVERY THEATRE PERSON!!

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