Life and Secrets in The Dining Room

Christian Brother University (CBU) will open its 2009-2010 season with A.R. Gurney’s “The Dining Room” in the University Theater, Oct. 9-10. Directed by Matthew Hamner, the series of vignettes comically dramatizes the interactions of generations, genders and relationships that center at the dining room table.

Based loosely upon the playwright’s life in Buffalo, New York, the play is homage to the individuals of his youth. Eight actors each play several of the wide ranging characters, young and old, relaxed and controlling. These actors meld together an image of the playwright’s youth as a member of the upper middle class in the Northeast and pay tribute to these individuals as well as their mannerisms and customs.

For decades, the dining room table has been the symbol of the family coming together. Throughout the play, the characters gather around a dining room table in order to figure out life. As the lives of numerous characters spanning 60 years are played out on stage, time periods overlap and two eras are sometimes sharing the stage. The dining room, especially the table, strings together the stories of these various characters into one cohesive story.

Show times for The Dining Room are Friday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for general admission and free CBU students with ID. Tickets will be sold at the door, no reserved seating. For additional information, contact Matthew Hamner at or (901) 321-3026. ###

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