DINNER WITH FRIENDS” CAN BE AN EMOTIONALLY COMPLICATED AFFAIR


BONNIE GOLDBERG

Over a delicious dinner of grilled lamb, pumpkin risotto and creamy polenta cheesecake, gourmet cooks Gabe and Karen have the foundation of their marriage threatened by an after-dinner confession.  Their best friends Beth and Tom, a couple whose meeting and marriage they orchestrated over a dozen years before, are headed straight for divorce court, no passing GO and collecting $200.

For an intimate introduction into the world of Gabe, Karen, Beth and Tom, courtesy of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies, head out to Westport Country Playhouse to see “Dinner with Friends” until Saturday, June 19.

Travel with the two couples from Connecticut kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms back in time to the house on Martha’s Vineyard where Gabe’s best friend Tom was set up to meet Karen’s closest gal pal Beth.  Tom was ready to abandon his womanizing ways and seemed enchanted by Beth’s bright and bubbly personality and artistic flair.

Twelve years and two children later, Tom announces that he is walking away, to form a new relationship with Nancy, a travel agent he encountered when he was planning his extensive trips for business.

The devastating news rocks Beth’s world but the aftershocks of the earthquake announcement send tremors through the union of Gabe and Karen.  Do they have the right ingredients in their recipe for wedded bliss?  David Kennedy directs a fine talented cast that features Steven Skybell as Gabe, Jenna Stern as Karen, Mary Bacon as Beth and David Aaron Baker as Tom.  Lee Savage’s scenic designs flow beautifully with the action.

For tickets ($35-60), call the Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off route 1, Westport at 203-227-4177 or 888-927-7529 or online at www.westportcountryplayhouse.org.  Performances are Tuesday at 8 p.m., Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Learn how to crush plum tomatoes and how to save your marriage as two couples struggle to right themselves from the damaging effects of divorce.

 

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