The Dining Room

The Dining Room

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by A. R. Gurney
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822203100
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1982
Sales rank:
582,468
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)

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