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Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Co. puts lens up to generations of WASP traditions, providing comedic-though-impactful entertainment

COURTESY PHOTO: NUTZ-N-BOLTZ THEATER CO. - Over the course of about two hours, six actors portray 57 different characters in the Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Co. production of The Dining Room. While the tradition of eating together at the dining room table grows less and less relevant to modern families, the play "The Dining Room" and the family dynamics it portrays remain as relevant as ever.

This is evident to anyone who has seen Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company's production of the 1982 A.R. Gurney play, which is being performed on the Boring stage until June 5.

What's also evident is that the casting for this play was incredibly well done. Over the course of about two hours, six actors portray 57 different characters, and they wove in and out of these revolving personalities seamlessly.

Whether they are portraying party-going youths, family members navigating the effects of dementia on their once vibrant matriarch or parents just trying to direct their families everyday lives, the cast of "The Dining Room" nary missed a beat.

Throughout the play, the dining room acts as a dinner party venue, a study in which to write term papers and often the space in which pivotal family conversations take place. It also hosts a myriad of points of view, as people discuss the importance or irrelevance of the room over time.

"But it has such resonance," one character remarks.

"So does a church," replies another. "But that doesn't mean we have to like in it."

With a single set, Nutz-n-Boltz does a great job of making the dining room like a seventh character, quietly watching events unfold. Though, watching the human actors fluctuate back and forth from cake-craving youths to wisdom-imparting elderly parents is half the fun of the show.

With several storylines melding to provide a commentary on family and changing times, "The Dining Room" has something relatable for any audience member, and Nutz-n-Boltz has done a great job depicting that.

The production runs through June 5, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are available online at nnbtheater.com/theater.

If you go:

What: "The Dining Room" written by A.R. Gurney and directed by Justin Lazenby

When: May 20-June 5 with shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays

Where: Boring-Damascus Grange Hall, 27861 Grange St., Boring

Cost: Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and children and $10 for law enforcement officers. Purchase online at nnbtheater.com.

Cast:

• Kim Berger

• Melissa Sondergeld-Hood

• Kelly Lazenby

• Nathan Wright

• Joshua Lincoln-Lane

• Brandon Medack


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