Lakewood Theatre Company
The Dinner Party premieres on the Headlee Mainstage Lakewood Center for the Arts
368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034
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November 2 - December 9, 2007
Neil Simon's, The Dinner Party, a bittersweet comedy about marriage, fidelity and missed opportunities, opens on Friday, November 2 at Lakewood Theatre Company. The cast - Don Alder, Lisamarie Harrison, Christy Hernquist, Jason Maniccia, Jamie Rea and David Burnett - is directed by Diane Englert.
The play continues Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 7:00 PM until December 9, 2007. There are Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM on November 11 and December 9 and there is one Wednesday performance on November 28th at 8:00 PM. There is no performance on Thanksgiving evening. The theatre is located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Ticket prices are $25.00 for adults and $23.00 for students and seniors and are available beginning October 22 through the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or online October 22 at www.lakewood-center.org
The Story: Neil Simon, America's master of comedy, offers up an unorthodox dinner party in a private dining room in Paris, the city of romance, where six guests are invited unaware of who the other guests are or the purpose of their gathering. One by one, the guests arrive to face an evening of surprises concerning the best and worst aspects of marriage and divorce.
Two of the men, Albert Donay (David Burnett) a dim-witted car dealer and Claude Pichon (Jason Maniccia) a sophisticated antique bookseller, arrive first in formal wear. Strangers, they soon learn their only link is they share the same divorce lawyer.
They're soon joined by Andre Bouville (Don Alder) a rich businessman, who assumes the black tie-clad duo are waiters. The party is complete once the women arrive, and surprisingly, they turn out to be the ex-wives of the three men: Mariette Levieux (Christy Hernquist), a novelist who had a bitter divorce from Claude; Yvonne Fouchet (Jamie M. Rea) the fast-talking divorcee of Albert; and Gabrielle Buonocelli (Lisamarie Harrison) who presides over the soiree, in spite of Andre's considering her dead ever since she refused to grant him a divorce.
Simon blends a seemingly classic French farce with an often serious look at the happiness and despairs of marital bliss. As the evening unfolds, the characters reveal how often our relationships balance between humor and heartbreak.
Stage direction for LTC's production is by Diane Englert. Scene design is by Kermit Heckert, lighting design is by Chris Balo, props are by Felix Kelsey, costume design is by Patricia Rohrbach, the stage manager is Kyle McBroom and the producer is Kay Vega. The show sponsor for The Dinner Party is The Lakewood Center Associates.