Have 'Dinner With Friends' to help you discover who the real person is

Review

Have 'Dinner With Friends' to help you discover who the real person is

Feb 28 2011
Christine Dolen | Miami Herald

How well do you really know your best friends? Or your spouse, for that matter? Playwright Donald Margulies' ruminations on those questions in Dinner With Friends won him the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for drama. At Palm Beach Dramaworks, the insightful, resonant script is getting a new and beautifully acted production under the graceful direction of J. Barry Lewis. The play is neither earth-shattering nor shocking. It isn't one of those edge-of-your seat dramas that grips you and doesn't let go, start to finish. But if you have been married or divorced, if you have been betrayed or been the betrayer, if someone you thought you knew has surprised you (and not in a good way) down to your very core, Dinner With Friends is the play for you. ...Ballard, Schmidt, Wilson and Brown coalesce into an artful ensemble. Ballard's Gabe is the loyal husband who tries to do the right thing... Schmidt makes Karen almost incredulous at Beth's giddy emotional rebirth... Wilson and Brown get the fun of acting a relationship out of order: first, the passion-fueled angry breakup; then, a return to their first meeting as strangers... The work of both actors is subtle and lovely.