The Dining Room, by A. R. Gurney, is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household -- the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. Six actors change roles, personalities and ages 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. The varied scenes coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity.
Evening performances are April 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. Matinee performances are April 14 and 21. Reserved seat tickets are $20 for adults and senior citizens, and $10 for students and children. Tickets are available online 24 hours a day or at the box office, which is open Tuesday-Friday from 9:30 to 1:30, and one hour before each performance, at 254-778-4751.
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The six actors, who play 57 different characters, include Dan Becker, Ed Boyle, Tiffany Jarosek, Alexandra Tolleson, John Webster and Janice Wilson. The production staff includes Joe Reynolds, director; Dustin Ozment, technical director; Jennifer Murphy, stage manager and Josh Purvis.
The play was previously performed at Temple Civic Theatre in 1985. TCT previously presented two other plays by A.R. Gurney -- Love Letters and Sylvia (in which Betsi Chamlee portrayed the title character, a dog).
"The Dining Room serves a banquet of theatrical riches" — The New York Daily News
Director Joe Reynolds, a UT graduate who received his master’s degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama, makes his Temple Civic Theatre debut after directing West Side Story this past fall at Vive Les Arts Theatre in Killeen. He recently moved to Temple from Los Angeles and is a theatre teacher at Travis Science Academy.
“I am thrilled to be directing The Dining Room,” said Reynolds. “It’s a play where actors get to show their range. Each actor will be playing multiple roles — some as many as nine!”
For the past 10 years, Joe owned a performance space in Hollywood called M Bar that presented stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre and music. Some of the hundreds of shows and performers at M Bar included Get Mortified! The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Un-Cabaret, Comedy Death-Ray, Whitney Cummings, Zach Galifianakis, Margaret Cho, Chelsea Handler, Julia Sweeney, Kevin Nealon, Amanda Seyfried, Katey Sagal, BJ Novak and Patton Oswalt.
Joe graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received his master’s degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama. He has worked at Yale Repertory Theatre, The MUNY (Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis), Dallas Summer Musicals, Utah Shakespeare Festival and many small theatres in Los Angeles and New York City.
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