Student-Directed One-Acts: The Dining Room

About the Play

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The Dining Room 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 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. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor, and abundant humanity.”

— From the back cover

About This Production

Performance Dates
March 4–8, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Lower McKinley Studio Theatre

Act One: Erin Barber
Act Two: Molly Warner

Scenery Designer
Don Yanik

Costume Designer
Amy Helmuth

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