Dorset Theatre Festival to Present Ayckbourne’s ‘Table Manners’
In a historic collaboration with the Weston Playhouse and Northern Stage, Dorset Theatre Festival presents the Tony Award-winning ‘Table Manners,’ the second part of British playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s jigsaw-puzzle trilogy called ‘The Norman Conquests.’
The trilogy is both wildly comic and poignant, as the complex relationships amongst six characters are examined. A meditation on loneliness, family and marriage wrapped in a sweet coating of delicious comedy, all three plays are set during the sexual revolution of the 1970s and take place over the same weekend at an English country estate. Each play takes place in a different part of the house with Dorset Theatre Festival’s ‘Table Manners’ taking place in the dining room in the company of two married couples whose marriages have long since gone to pieces and a third couple whose lengthy courtship is going nowhere. Fun ensues. All three companies share a cast and creative team. Dorset Theatre Festival’s production will be helmed by renowned director Evan Yionoulis, known to regional audiences for her recent revival of ‘Hapgood’ at Williamstown Theatre Festival. ‘Table Manners’ opens at the Dorset Playhouse on June 16 and runs through July 2. For tickets and show times, visit dorsettheatrefestival.org or call 802-867-2223.