Saline High School Drama Club Presents A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room

 11/14/2016 - 01:14

The Saline High School Drama Club will present its fall production, A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room, on November 18th and 19th at 7:30 p.m. and November 20th at 2:00 p.m. in the Ellen A Ewing Performing Arts Center at Saline High School.  Seating is general admission and tickets are $7.00 and are available at the door.

The cast includes… Ethan Baker, Dominic Bourassa, Elizabeth Crawford, Emma Crisenbery, Claudia Curcione, Cristina Gonzalez, Stefania Gonzalez, John Harrell, Ella Marsh, Lexi Morris, Joseph Pryor, Rinn Ramcke, Kimberly Schamberger, Kylee Smith, Elizabeth Solis, Ayla Tighe, Collin Wagner, Jared Webb, Jake White, and Collin Williams. The production is directed by Kristen Glatz and the student directors are Alyssa Dawson and Catherine Wei.


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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