The Dining Room

The Dining Room

by A. R. Gurney
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The Dining Room by A. R. Gurney

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822203100
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/1982
Sales rank: 659,026
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)

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The Dining Room 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!