Dinner with Friends: A play by Donald Margulies

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When? 05/15/2014 - 05/23/2014 12:00 am
Where?WYO Theater
Category(ies) Sheridan College

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Synopsis- As described by New York Magazine: “Two married couples have been best
friends for years. In their Connecticut home, Karen and Gabe, international food
writers, are giving a dinner for Beth and Tom, which he doesn’t attend. It
emerges from the heartbroken Beth that he has left her for another woman. Gabe
and Karen are almost as crushed, having expected ‘to grow old and fat together,
the four of us.’ When Tom shows up at his home in the next scene, late at night,
he is enraged that Beth broke the news of their breakup in his absence. Late as
it is, he rushes over to his friends in the next scene to present his side of
the story.

Act Two begins with another dinner, twelve and a half years
earlier, in a summer house on Martha’s Vineyard, where Karen and Gabe are
introducing Beth to Tom. Then we skip five months after the events in Act One,
as Beth reveals to Karen…that she has fallen in love with an old friend whom she
intends to marry…Later that day, in a Manhattan bar, Tom, a lawyer, tells Gabe
about his [newfound] happiness, to which Gabe reacts sourly. Still later that
night, Gabe and Karen are going to bed in the Vineyard house, and discuss the
Tom-and-Beth situation, as well as their own marriage…clinging to it like the
shipwrecked to their raft…From this already you can gather that there is
skillful construction here, as well as keen psychological insight…Donald
Margulies is establishing himself as one of our leading playwrights.”

Show Times: May 15,16,17 & 21,22, 23 @ 7:30pm and May 18 @ 2pm