Plymouth State Theatre presents Tina Howe’s hilarious comedy, The Art of Dining Thursday through Sunday, October 21-24, at the Silver Cultural Arts Center.
Directed by Elizabeth Cox, associate professor in the Music, Theatre, and Dance Department, the play is a based on America’s obsession with food. It was first performed in 1979.
The setting for The Art of Dining is a cold winter evening in the newly opened, up-scale Golden Carousel Restaurant. The owners and operators of the restaurant are Ellen, the gourmet cook, and her husband Cal, the entrepreneurial waiter.
The guests include a trio of young women, out for a night on the town, a married couple celebrating their anniversary, and a neurotic writer, who is meeting her publisher for the first time.
Ellen, the chef, creates the gourmet meals and tries to stop her husband from eating everything before the arrival of their opening night customers.
All cast members are theatre majors at PSU. Dane Grigas plays Cal and Stephanie Johnson plays his wife, Ellen. Virginia Gindoff and Ryan Sturgis play the married couple, Hannah and Paul Galt. Michelle Miller has the part of Elizabeth Barrow Colt. Derek Friend is David Osslow, Lina Vong is Herrick Simmons, Colleen Rowland is Nessa Vox, and Rachel Dulude plays Tony Stassio.
Other theatre majors involved include Bart Mueller, who is the stage manager, and Kristine Silver, who is the scenic designer. Lauren Audette, a PSU theatre alum, is the lighting designer and Billy W. Murray from Phillips Andover Academy, Andover, Mass., designed the costumes.
Performances are slated for 8 p.m., October 21 and 22; 3 and 8:30 p.m., October 23, and 3 p.m., October 24. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and youths. More information is available from the Silver Center box office at 535-ARTS.
The Silver Cultural Arts Center is one of a dozen featured theaters in the 2005 New Hampshire’s Living Legacy calendar. Published by the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, calendars are $5 at the SCAC box office and at the concession stand during performances.