The Dining Room by A. R. Gurney, directed by Matthew Kraft.
Eden Prairie High School Auditorium
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 family 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.
February 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7:30 PM and February 24 at 2:00 PM.
Tickets are $10 - sold at the door only. Cash or checks. Opening night, February 15, is pay what you can.
Joann Barber • David Durkee • Destry Hinck • Brandon Holscher
Gina Light • Amy Luedtke • Chris Maresca • Eric Motzko • Lindsey Oetken
Rhianna Picht • Tim Rawerts • Warren Sampson • Beth Tangeman
Maddie Tonjes • Kristen Ziegler