Western Door Playhouse presents The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney,  directed by Sharon Priest March 15,16, 22 &23 2019 at 7:30 PM and March 17 &24  2019 at 2:30 PM  featuring Kris Bookhagen, Tim Bookhagen, Patricia Crowe, Samuel Granieri, Brandon Minicucci and Airy Nikohl

THE STORY: 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.

2018 – 2019 Theater Season  Show times are: 7:30 PM for Friday and Saturday Shows and  2:30 PM for Sunday matinees. All shows performed at Woodbox Theater 3rd floor of the NACC 1201 Pine Ave at Porter Niagara Falls NY.