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March 19-23, 28, 29, 2003

This Off Broadway comedy was first performed in 1982 and enjoyed a comfortable run off 552 performances before expanding to audiences in regional professional theatres from Portland, ME to Tucson, AZ to San Diego, CA. Now Tidewater Community College is bringing it to Hampton Roads.

The setting is a dining room, viewed as a disappearing phenomenon of WASP family life. Writer A.R. Gurney cleverly constructed this work as a series of events with characters of all ages, flowing in and out with each event and actor a different part of personal or family crises. The play is poignant and funny, alternately and in combination.

A character appearing now as a grandfather discussing his grandson's future later appears in another segment as a child at a birthday party. The complexities of The Dining Room are well defined in this sometimes tart, sometimes sweet, always generously served work.

Directed by local actor and TCC instructor, Lisa Neely, the all-TCC student production can be enjoyed in two cities. The Studio Theatre, TCC Chesapeake Campus, 1428 Cedar Road, Chesapeake. Performance dates include: March 19-22 at 8:00 p.m., and March 23 at 2:00 p.m. The TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, TCC Norfolk Campus, 340 Granby Street, Norfolk. Performance dates include: March 28 & 29 at 8:00 p.m. Call 822-5219 for tickets. Advance ticket reservations are recommended. (TCC Events Calendar)

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