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The Dining Room by A. R. Gurney
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Edith Cove Fine Arts Building's Black Box Theatre
Date: March 06, 2020 to March 06, 2020
Where: Edith Cove Fine Arts Building's Black Box Theatre, 62 Wendell Ave, Quincy, Massachusetts, United States, 02170
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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 a mosaic of interrelated scenessome funny, some touching, some ruefulwhich, 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 Thanksgiving dinner; a daughter, her marriage in 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.

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