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Del Mar Drama’s Production of ‘The Dining Room’ Opens Tuesday, March 8

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

For their Spring 2022 production, Del Mar Drama presents playwright A. R. Gurney’s “The Dining Room,” a comedy of manners set in a dining room of a typical well-to-do household—the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast, dinner and special occasions. 

The production runs Tuesday through Saturday, March 8-12. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Del Mar College’s Bartlett Theatre located in the Heritage Campus Fine Arts Center Building on Ayers Street. 

The March 10 performance is Student Appreciation Night with free admission for area students with a valid ID. The performance is followed with a post-show reception. Students should present their valid ID at the Bartlett Theatre Box Office beginning one hour prior to curtain.   

Tickets are $10 general admission; $6 for seniors, military and DMC employees and $3 for DMC students with a valid ID. Box office opens one hour prior to each performance. Advance tickets are available online at delmardrama.ludus.comOpen seating for this performance is limited to accommodate those who prefer distancing. Groups attending the performance together may sit together. Del Mar College encourages patrons to wear masks or face coverings. 

The Dining Room is recommended for ages 14 and older due to some mature language and mildly suggestive content.

For more information about the production, contact Del Mar Drama at 698-1216 or drama@delmar.edu.  

Gurney’s masterpiece includes 18 scenes about White-Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) families during different time periods. Some scenes are about the furniture itself and the emotional attachment to it, while other scenes simply flesh out the culture of the WASPs. Some characters are made fun of, as is the culture itself, but there is also a genuine longing for the sense of stability, comfort and togetherness that the culture provides.

A mosaic of interrelated scenes—some funny, some touching, some rueful—create an in-depth portrait of the everyday dramas that play out in “The Dining Room.” This comedic drama features actors who 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. 

A new set of people and events is introduced in each vignette: 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 and a daughter, her marriage a shambles, who pleads to return home, among others. 

Don’t miss this delightful production that has something for everyone. Get your tickets now!

For more information about the College’s Drama Program, visit www.delmar.edu/drama


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