Rousuck's Review: "Dinner with Friends" at Everyman Theatre | WYPR

Rousuck's Review: "Dinner with Friends" at Everyman Theatre

Mar 21, 2019

l-r, Megan Anderson, M. Scott McLean and Beth Hylton
Credit Teresa Castracane photography

It's Thursday, and Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom in the studio for another of her weekly reviews of the regional stage. Today, she spotlights Dinner with Friends, the 1999 Off-Broadway hit that won playwright Donald Margulies the 2000 Pultizer Prize for Drama.  A new production of this popular play is now on stage at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre.

Directed by Everyman's Founding Artistic Director Vincent Lancisi, Dinner with Friends centers on married food writers Gabe (played by M. Scott McLean) and Karen (Beth Hylton), and their frequent dinner guests, long-time friends Beth (Megan Anderson) and her husband Tom (Danny Gavigan).  When Beth announces that her husband wants a divorce after 12 years of marriage, both couples are forced to confront profound questions about loyalty, commitment and personal freedom. 

Dinner with Friends, an enduring drama about marriage and friendship, continues at Everyman Theatre until Sunday, April 7th.