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The Dining Room - Full Length Play

The Dining Room

A.R. Gurney

Full Length Play

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780822203100

The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, …

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Description

Full Length Play

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Interior Set

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.
A brilliantly conceived and richly humorous theatrical tour de force (and Off-Broadway success) in which six (or more) performers portray a wide array of diverse characters as they delineate the dying lifestyle of wealthy WASPdom, and the now neglected room which was once a vital center of family life. "…hilarious and touching…as comic sketch crazily succeeds comic sketch a whole pattern of American life emerges…" —NY Post. "THE DINING ROOM serves a banquet of theatrical riches." —NY Daily News. "…a thoughtful and superbly written comedy…" —Variety. "…often funny and rueful and, by the end, very moving." —NY Times.
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3m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Flexible casting

Author

A.R. Gurney

A.R. (“Pete”) Gurney was born in 1930 in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Williams College in 1952, served as an officer in the Navy, and afterwards attended the Yale School of Drama. For many years, he taught literature at M.I.T., but moved to New York in 1982 to devote more time to writing for the theatre. He has won a fair amount of awards during his career, and is now a member of the ... view full profile

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