The Dining Room
This play by A.R. Gurney is set in the dining room of a typical 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. The actors change roles, personalities and ages with virtuosic skill as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to maids. Each vignette introduces a new set of people and events; the varied scenes coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor, and abundant humanity.