PowPAC, Poway's Community Theatre
Now Playing:   May 20th-Jun 12th 2022    
Fri, Sat 8:00pm; Sun Matinee 2:00pm; Sat Matinee Jun 4 & Jun 11 at 2PM

The Dining Room

The Dining Room
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A Comedy of Manners
by: A. R. Gurney

Directed by: Brent A. Stringfield
Produced by: Merrill Gill and Ruth Woodbeck

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The play is a comedy of manners, set in a single dining room, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions, where eighteen (18) scenes from different households overlap and intertwine creating a mosaic of interrelated scenes - some funny, some touching, some rueful—which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class America. Presumably, each story is focused around a different family during different time periods who has in their possession the same dining room furniture set, manufactured in 1898. The stories are about families; some scenes are about the furniture itself and the emotional attachment to it, while other scenes simply flesh out the culture of the family. Overall, it tells the story of the dying and relatively short-lived culture of upper-middle class Americans, and the transition into a much more efficient society with less emphasis on tradition and more emphasis on progress. Some characters are made fun of, as is the culture itself, but there is also a genuine longing for the sense of stability, comfort, and togetherness that the culture provides.
The performers change roles, personalities and ages with virtuoso skill as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Each vignette introduces a new set of people and events; a father lectures his son on grammar and politics; a boy returns from boarding school to discover his mother's infidelity; a senile grandmother doesn't recognize her own sons at Thanksgiving dinner; a daughter, her marriage a shambles, pleads futilely to return home, etc. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor, and abundant humanity.

Update to PowPAC's Covid-19 Policy for Patrons

We are thrilled to be back producing live theatre for our 40th Season! We are so pleased that many of you have joined us for our first half of the season.

The health and safety of audiences, artists, staff, and the entire community are the highest priority for PowPAC, Poway's Community Theatre, especially as circumstances surrounding COVID-19 continue to evolve. Through close consultation with medical and public health officials, we have announced a new set of policies for attending a play or event at PowPAC.

All patrons who attend a performance or event at PowPAC will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present proof of vaccination, or present negative results of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance.

"Fully vaccinated" is defined by the CDC as being at least 14 days after the receipt of the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (such as the currently available Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna) or one dose of a single-dose vaccine (like Johnson & Johnson).

Acceptable proof of vaccination is 1) the physical COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card issued to the patron at the time of vaccination, 2) a photograph of the patron's COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, or 3) a digital vaccination record.

All residents of California may request a Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record Patrons who have not received a COVID-19 vaccination will be required to present the negative results of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering PowPAC. Other tests, including rapid tests and over-the-counter tests, will not be accepted as proof of negative results of COVID-19.

We suggest that Patrons wear masks while in our space, but it is not required in accordance to our State, County, and the CDC.

To find testing locations and to schedule a free COVID-19 test, visit San Diego County Test Scheduler.

All documents will be checked by PowPAC staff members before patrons will be admitted to the theatre. PowPAC reserves the right to deny admission to any patron who does not provide the necessary documentation or follow any COVID-related policy. We will continue to evaluate our COVID policy and update as required.

Working together, we will get through this health crisis. We appreciate your continued support and patronage of PowPAC; and look forward to seeing at our Community Theatre.

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