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The Dining Room By A.R. Gurney,

  • Title: The Dining Room
  • Author: A.R. Gurney
  • ISBN: 9780822203100
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 WAThe 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.
    The Dining Room 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

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    1. In the right hands, it could be brilliant In the wrong hands, it could be execrable This is an actors play The audience might not get it and that is okay This is not a show for the costume people, nor is it a show for the sound or lighting techies It is not a show for the set director It is a show for the director, and most importantly, for the actors.An austere, single set Minimal costume changes which consist of nothing than putting on taking off an apron or hat Few, if any, sound effects or [...]

    2. Who exactly are the upper middle class WASPs And if you had to pick one thing to symbolize them, what would it be A.R Gurney sets out to answer both of these questions with a play he penned in 1981 called The Dining Room It s an interesting script to read and an even fascinating play to watch Make no mistake though This isn t a play that is written for the audience Not really It s a play written for the playwright For the critics And above all, it s a play written for the actors The Dining Room [...]

    3. A remarkable play of a day gone by the days of ol when families sat around a table, talked and had dinner A beautiful look at the conversations held around one table in one family Surprising, yet familiar.It reminds me of Andrew Bovell s play When the Rain Stops Falling because of the time collapses as well as the usage of so many characters.More than worth the 2 from a used bookstore in Vegas.

    4. I really liked this play I loved the concept of how one table can play so many rolls in so many people s lives I normally don t like this contemporary short vingette type of play, but I really liked this one.

    5. I m not the greatest at analyzing plays, so take my review with a grain of salt However, this play was not my favorite It was difficult to keep track of and there was often no resolution with the vignettes The scenes were short and being vignettes, there was not a lot of character development, which is something I usually enjoy to see when I am reading a book I was also surprised at how there was not a set time and place that the story began and ended The back of the play says it takes place ove [...]

    6. Similar to The Gospel at Colonus another nominee for the 1985 Pultizer The Dining Room is light on plot That s where the similarities end, as a better comparison play for The Dining Room would be Thornton Wilder s The Long Christmas Dinner The latter focuses on one family over the decades while the former is about different households and families with the commonality being you guessed it a dining room The vignettes are interesting snippets and a good commentary on changing American values and t [...]

    7. This is the fall play at the FT s high school, so of course I read it again I was actually in this show a long time ago I think, if you re in theater long enough, appearing in this show is inevitable.Or maybe not The dining room was a vanishing institution when Gurney first wrote the play, and it s not as if the middle class got any solid since then The people who populate these scenes aren t related, but they very well could be it s a series of wealthy white folks and their family dramas, play [...]

    8. This is an older book, but worth the read It s a play and is fun to read aloud in a group But if on your own, it reads quickly and gives you much to think about in terms of the changes in the world Some people think all change is bad, that the world should be the way it was in the good old days This book challenges that concept at the same time as allowing you to ponder some good things we ve lost in our modern too fast to eat together world At least it s a good thing to pick up an older book a [...]

    9. Some mildly humorous vignettes, but the common denominator of the dining room set just isn t enough to pull it all together Perhaps I ve been spoiled by CLYBOURNE PARK, where the same setting in both acts actually has an important relation to the plot The constant of the dining room seems random and too clever by half.

    10. Performed this perhaps not under the best circumstances, so I might be a bit biased But I generally think A.R Gurney is a waspy jerk off This goes for that creepy play Silvia as well It just shouldn t be performed.

    11. Excellent play BONUS I will be portraying the multiple eclectic characters of Actress 2 in 6 performances May 13 15 and May 20 22.

    12. There were so many stories I wanted to know about in this play that never revisiting them left me wanting leftovers But as the playwright demonstrates, it probably won t be in a dining room.

    13. The idea behind this play was cooler than the play itself as society decays so do our moments around a dining room Would be interesting to see done on stage.

    14. I don t reccommend this play to anyone, however, because I performed in it it holds a special value for me Otherwise, it s really a terrible show.

    15. I did not read the book, but went to the play at Stage Coach If you get a chance to ever see this, go It was quite entertaining.

    16. Bunch of short stories around the dining table room I couldn t root for any character, any theme, anything.

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