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The Dining Room
a Comedy/Drama
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by A.R. Gurney

COMPANY : Old Alabama Road Company - A Community Theater [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Church of the Savior UCC
ID# 1588

SHOWING : May 11, 2006 - May 20, 2006

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Drama and Wit are on the menu with the Old Alabama Road Company’s production of The Dining Room!

This funny and poignant play examines the rich dynamics of family life and household relationships in their most telling setting - a shared meal in a formal dining room. This ensemble show requires a cast of 6 to perform over 50 roles in 18 scenes, from little boys to stern grandfathers, from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. As one comic scene succeeds another, a whole pattern of American life emerges. The varied scenes coalesce into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity. "If the dining room walls could talk, this is what they would say!"

Written by A.R. Gurney and directed by Kent Igleheart, come enjoy the show!

Join us May 11, 12, 13 or 18, 19, 20
The “table” will be seated at 8pm
1950 Old Alabama Road, Roswell 30076
Tickets are $10 at the door or for reservations:
Call 404-217-8787 or boxoffice@oarcotheater.com


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Kent Igleheart
House Manager David Beaudry
Stage Manager Carrie Fetter Shrader
Multiple Characters Gerard Brown
Multiple Characters Lory Cox
Multiple Characters James "Duke" Deuschle
Multiple Characters John Jones
Multiple Characters Jessica McGuire
Multiple Characters Parks Stamper
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REVIEWS

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pdg!
by feather
Friday, May 19, 2006
4.0
this show is pdg. for those of you ignoramo's not in the know, that is short for pretty damn good. the script is funny and touching and the actors do a good job with it. more than the others, john jones stands out. go to see his great performance.

by the way, i have little problm with thm performing at a church. you anti religous wack jobs need to lighten up. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
by KristieKrabe
"you anti religous wack jobs need to lighten up."

If this was in response to me saying that I wished they weren't in a church, then I need to clarify.

My problem isn't a religious thing, I just was thinking how I wished they had a theater space of their own. Especially since the poor crew had to break the set down every night so it wasn't in the way for the daytime activities...

oh yeh baby u right by feather
your right, im wrong. sorry for jumping on you like i did. but now that i think about it, anytime you let me jump you in person im alriggght with that.
Hungry For More!
by KristieKrabe
Thursday, May 18, 2006
4.0
I have been a huge A.R. Gurney fan - ever since seeing his touching and poignant "The Old Boy" and getting to play the role of a michevious dog in "Sylvia," Gurney's witty account of American life never disappoints.

And "The Dining Room" is no exception.

The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where famlies gather daily for breakfast, dinner and special occasions. The action is comprised of a tapestry of interrelated scenes - funny at times, touching at others, and often 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 exceptional 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 and intermingles swiftly and smoothly. The varied scenes combine, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of impressive range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity.

Kent Inglehart does a terrific job of casting - including two African American actors who at times play the ultimate WASP (I'm sorry, my biggest laugh came when John Jones commented on his Waspishness). This was my first time seeing many of these actors, and I look forward to seeing more from them. I was very impressed with how the actors could exit the scene in one character, only to return moments later as part of an entirely new story line. The women in this show were amazing - they moved from Lucielle Ball-esque comedy to heart ripping drama in a blink of an eye and did it effortlessly and beautifully.

While the comic moments in the show are great - some of the most powerful scenes were those of tension and sadness. When a senile grandmother doesn't recognize her own sons at Christmas dinner the audience was still with empathy for the actors. A daughter, her marriage a shambles, pleads with her unmoving father to let her return home, moved the audience to tears.

This is a new and growing company that I'd love to see perform in another space - the church is nice, but I hope that the theater will soon be able to grow to a more appropriate space. The Old Alabama Road Company is a theater on the rise with a dramatic yet witty play and truly talented actors.

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...oh yes... by KristieKrabe
I did plagarize a bit in my mini-sum up of the show... but the accolades are all me!

:)


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