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 humour, and abundant humanity.

Director Lenore Butcher

Dec. 2, 3, 8,9,10 at 7:30pm

Dec. 4 at 2pm

Please select a performance
Fri, Dec 2nd, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Dec 3rd, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Sun, Dec 4th, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Thu, Dec 8th, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Fri, Dec 9th, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Dec 10th, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Adults $25

Students $18

Youth under 12 $14