The Dining Room’ at Branch River Theatre

Thursday, November 01, 2018 12:20AM

A.R. Gurney’s “The Dining Room,” a stimulating and provocative mural of different stories that creates a complex portrait of the changing reality for the American middle class, will open the 35th season of the Branch River Theatre. A talented ensemble of nine actors – Anna Chasse, Lori Goldring, Sherri Hudson, Meg Kupiec, Grant Love, Paul Teitelman, Mark Tullgren, Tara Sabino and Eric Walther – will change roles, personalities and ages as they portray a variety of characters, taking on more than 50 roles across 18 vignettes. Each vignette introduces the audience to a new set of people and how their relationships and challenges revolve around the family dining room: a father lectures his son on grammar and politics; a boy returns from boarding school to discover his mother’s infidelity; an aging grandmother doesn’t recognize her own sons at Christmas dinner; a daughter, her marriage in ruins, pleads to return home.

“The Dining Room” will be directed by Tyler Strickland.

Six performances are scheduled, on Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Marlborough Community House. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.