“Story Driven – Character Strong – Theatre 40's “Separate Tables” Is Gripping!”
THE GEEK AUTHORITY - By Lorenzo Marchessi
It's 1958 and at the Beauregard Hotel in England which is a place where certain people like to return to and others just like to be part of, “Separate Tables” at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills is a play that is layered with personalities, problems and surprises you'll not see coming. “Separate Tables” made its actual debut in London in 1954 and eventually made its way to Broadway where it was nominated for the Tony award in 1957. It's engaging. It's got a slower pace at first – but as the information is discovered, you will become more and more entranced into where every character is going.
Produced by David Hunt Stafford and directed by Jules Aaron, the play has some unusual staging. There are literally seats in the audience where either you are trying to peer around furniture or staring at the performer's backs. The blocking was slightly awkward. However the focus is clearly on the characters which made for some of the most of the exciting dramatic moments.
Written by Sir Terence Rattigan, “Separate Tables” is actually a mash-up of two short plays where they share a location which is a dining room in a residential hotel in Bournemouth, England. Coincidently they also share some of the same characters as well.