Review On Sunday Dinner


Leigh Kennicott

Registered Critic


A family so dysfunctional whose members, idiosyncratic in themselves, comes together, occupy Tony Blake’s Sunday Dinner. The playwright also directs this fine cast. The family springs to life under Blake’s intricate machinations, as one stunning revelation follows another. Typical of Theatre 40’s best work, this cast works well together. There is never a dull moment in the Matera family, and you’ll be entertained until the dinner is in shambles. Few families could survive the extent of these revelations; mercifully, however, there is redemption by the end the evening.

Leigh Kennicott has an extensive background in theatre, film and television and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre, awarded in 2002. A writer, director and actor, Leigh Kennicott began theatrical reviewing at Backstage, followed by Pasadena Weekly and Stage Happenings blog.
As a director in Los Angeles, she directed a neo-realist "Romeo and Juliet" at the Secret Rose Theatre; a new play,“Charlotte Second Chance,” at DramaGarage; and “How I Learned to Drive,” “Nickel and Dimed” and “Top Girls” all at College of the Canyons.
Presently, she teaches theatre topics at California State University, Northridge.