4 1/2 Star Review For: “Dinner With Friends” – Three Shows This Weekend!

In Falls Church at The James Lee Community Center Theater – Three Performances This Weekend (Friday-Sunday)

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM

Final Sunday Matinee at 2:00 PM

Still Lots of Choices to see “Dinner With Friends”:  Thru April 20th. Tickets will be available at the door.  BUT! Order Your Tickets Today for the Best Seat Selection for This Pulitzer Prize Winning Drama!


 final-DCmta_2-200x200 “…the Providence Players of Fairfax are serving up some refreshingly meaty artistry in Dinner With Friends, a 2000 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Donald Margulies. [Director Tina] Thronson squeezes every drop of realism from Margulies’ yummy script… David Whitehead is bang-on persuasive as a beguiled and grounded Gabe. His timing and temperament prove airtight… Melissa Dunlap is a charmingly fastidious Karen… Jayne L. Victor as crumpled Beth, in one steamy bedroom scene with estranged lawyer-husband Tom..really hit her mark as an emotional cyclone… [Michael] Donahue [as Tom] is some hot stuff, making us uncomfortable as he violates others’ space or bursts through someone else’s prescribed boundaries. He simply simmers. [The Play’s settings designed by Raedun de Alba with decoration and properties by Susan Kaplan and Sue Winfield feature]…a foodies’ kitchen realistically designed and cluttered … dueling tables for two, bedrooms angling as battlegrounds — suggests a truer, temporal state of affairs. It’s the beautiful mess in which we more often find ourselves. Technical Director Jimmy Gertzog [provides] lifelike sound effects that are perfectly timed and hauntingly real lighting effects. Dinner With Friends is neither for the faint of heart nor the weak of stomach. Its blend of brutal honesty and merry malfeasance is meant to be savored with your closest pals…” Terry Byrne, DCMetroTheaterArts.com

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Only Two Weekends Remain – Runs Thru April 20th- Final Sunday Matinee this Weekend – Final Thursday Performance Next Week

Full of humor, warmth, and wisdom, this 2000 Pulitzer Prize winning drama is a funny yet bittersweet look at the marriages of two couples who have been friends for years and the impact on both couples when one of those marriages goes sour. Margulies’ elegant, breezy and witty dialog nourishes the audience as do his poignant insights which are deeply affecting.  The New York Times called this multi-award winning work “A play for our time.”  Dinner with Friends is not for young audiences.  It contains mature themes and language.


Written By Donald Margulies

Directed By Tina Hodge Thronson 

The Laramie Project, Steel Magnolias, Twelve Angry Men, The Man Who Came To Dinner (8 WATCH Nominations-3 WATCH Awards) , Born Yesterday

Featuring an Outstanding Cast of PPF Veterans and One Delightful Newcomer

Beth: Jayne L. Victor  Moon Over Buffalo, All My Sons (WATCH Nomination, Lead Actress) Big Tree Falls, The Shadow Box

Karen: Melissa Dunlap Making her Providence Players Debut!

Gabe: David P. Whitehead The Good Doctor, The Man Who Came To Dinner (WATCH Nomination, Featured Actor) Christmas Carol, Witness for the Prosecution, The Time of Your Life, All My Sons, It’s A Wonderful Life

Tom: Michael Donahue  All My Sons, Big Tree Falls, Sleuth, You Can’t Take It With You


(Ten Performances, Three Weekends, Two Thursday Evenings and Two Sunday Matinees to chose from)

Thurs-Fri-Sat Evenings @ 7:30 p.m. April 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

Final Sunday Matinee@ 2:00 p.m. April 14

At the James Lee Community Center Theater 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church VA.

Tickets are $18 for Adults $15 for Students and Seniors (62+) and Can Be Purchased Online Here: www.providenceplayers.org

Email: providenceplayerstickets@cox.net

Phone: 703-425-6782 (Leave Message)