Dinner With Friends

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Theatre Company, in association with Beverly Hills Playhouse and Cheshire Moon Inc., are pleased to present Donald Margulies’ the Pulitzer Prize winning production of “DINNER WITH FRIENDS” – Opening June 14, 2019, at Beverly Hills Playhouse. The show will run twleve performances through June 30, 2019. Tickets and information available at: www.CrimsonSquare.org Performances Friday & Saturday 8PM and Sunday 2PM & 7PM
THE STORY Dinner With Friends is a play by Donald Margulies about two couples who have been best friends for years, and the husband and wife who have to re-evaluate their relationship when their closest friends decide to split up after 12 years. Dinner With Friends received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
STARRING Samantha Sloyan,* Jay Huguley, Chris Devlin, and Tania Gonzalez Lisagaye Tomlinson and Bryan McKinley (understudies)
PRODUCTION TEAM Written by Donald MarguliesCrimson Square T Directed by Michael Yavnieli Produced by Faye Viviana, Crimson Square Theatre Company, Beverly Hills Playhouse and Cheshire Moon Inc. Lighting Design by Dereck McDaniels. Production Design by Bryan McKinley.
DINNER WITH FRIENDS Opening June 14 – 30, 2019 Dates - Fridays and Saturdays @ 800PM, Sundays @ 2:00PM and 7:00PM Beverly Hills Playhouse - 254 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Website - www.CrimsonSquare.org Tickets - $25 available via the website or at the door

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Dishearteningly, the only takeaway from Dinner with Friends is that marriage is a fundamentally flawed social institution, doomed to end in a fiery explosion of toxicity and resentment or, alternatively, lovelessly putter along on autopilot for eternity.

sour - Taylor Kass - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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"Dinner With Friends" is seamlessly produced by Faye Viviana, Crimson Square Theatre Company, Beverly Hills Playhouse and Cheshire Moon Inc. This incarnation features a talented cast, which stars Samantha Sloyan as Karen, Jay Huguley as Gabe, Chris Devlin as Tom, and Tania Gonzalez as Beth. The appealing set design and construction features the work of Bryan McKinley, Tyler Anderson and Miles Cooper, with cool lighting designed by Dereck McDaniel with sound design by Jeffrey Sun.

sweet - Harrison Held - The LA Beat - ...read full review


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Michael Yavnicli directs with a knowing take on the complexity of relationships. The rhythms of the piece are right on the mark. The character interpretations are fine-tuned.

sweet - Bill Reese - Table to Stage - ...read full review


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Last Sunday night I was able to snag a ticket to Crimson Square’s production of Donald Margulies’s Pulitzer winning “Dinner With Friends.” It’s a beautiful story examining what it is to beholden to someone and where accountability lies — to the self or other? Do we stay with someone because we said we would? Because society expects it? Or are we simply modeling our behavior after others? And what happens when our guides change course, refuting the path we all agreed to go? There is, or course, no easy answer, and in this production, under Michael Yavnieli’s superb direction, these beautiful moments of profound uncertainty come to life. The performances were masterful, and Jay Huguley’s ability to carry not just a fog, but a determination to walk through it will stay with me for some time. I highly recommend it!

sweet - George Parr


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Dishearteningly, the only takeaway from Dinner with Friends is that marriage is a fundamentally flawed social institution, doomed to end in a fiery explosion of toxicity and resentment or, alternatively, lovelessly putter along on autopilot for eternity.

sour - Taylor Kass - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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"Dinner With Friends" is seamlessly produced by Faye Viviana, Crimson Square Theatre Company, Beverly Hills Playhouse and Cheshire Moon Inc. This incarnation features a talented cast, which stars Samantha Sloyan as Karen, Jay Huguley as Gabe, Chris Devlin as Tom, and Tania Gonzalez as Beth. The appealing set design and construction features the work of Bryan McKinley, Tyler Anderson and Miles Cooper, with cool lighting designed by Dereck McDaniel with sound design by Jeffrey Sun.

sweet - Harrison Held - The LA Beat - ...read full review


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Michael Yavnicli directs with a knowing take on the complexity of relationships. The rhythms of the piece are right on the mark. The character interpretations are fine-tuned.

sweet - Bill Reese - Table to Stage - ...read full review


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Last Sunday night I was able to snag a ticket to Crimson Square’s production of Donald Margulies’s Pulitzer winning “Dinner With Friends.” It’s a beautiful story examining what it is to beholden to someone and where accountability lies — to the self or other? Do we stay with someone because we said we would? Because society expects it? Or are we simply modeling our behavior after others? And what happens when our guides change course, refuting the path we all agreed to go? There is, or course, no easy answer, and in this production, under Michael Yavnieli’s superb direction, these beautiful moments of profound uncertainty come to life. The performances were masterful, and Jay Huguley’s ability to carry not just a fog, but a determination to walk through it will stay with me for some time. I highly recommend it!

sweet - George Parr