Dinner with Friends plot summary, character breakdowns, context and analysis, and performance video clips. FURTHER READING. Donald Margulies’ play Dinner with Friends was written, he says, like all his works, “to reflect observations I’m having at that time in my life. Dinner With Friends. by Donald Margulies. “Dinner with Friends is a thought provoking bitter-sweet drama.” Stage Review. “Donald Margulies is an.

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What would you do if as a couple, your best friends-couple is separating? Read More actors, singers, dancers Performer.

This page is only accessible by StageAgent Pro members. How are long term friendships effected when a marriage fails?

Primarily, food is employed as a symbol of stability, comfort, friendship, family, and closeness. It is the meaning of long-term relationships. She is very opinionated and does not hold back any of her feelings. He grew up with parents who stayed together not because they were in love, but because they wanted to keep up the appearance that they were a happy family. Beth invokes food at least twice to show how Karen relishes her culinary, and therefore life, superiority.

However, what happens when a marriage does not work and the foundation that eventually led to that marriage was an erroneous one? Margulies implies that while variety may be the spice of life, the power and intimacy of food and stable living has something going for it as well. Showing of 35 reviews.

Dinner with Friends

I don’t love him anymore. The game sounds trivial when it first appears in act 2. But when one of the couples divorces, the friendship is thrown for a loop and the intact couple must confront some of the more unpleasant of life’s realities. Though Gabe and, especially, Karen are mad at him, Tom wants the same food and the same desert—i. The game makes them both laugh.


Karen likes to have her friends Beth and Gabe over for dinner. The latest in my quest to read through the Pulitzer-winning dramas to date, Donald Margulies’s play centers on two married couples, both long-term friends. Not only does he create vivid detail of a marriage in decline, he also brilliantly depicts the couple’s closest friends, and how this new mirror to their own marriage sends them through a whirlwind of raw emotion and self-reflection.

Their immediate sympathy is with Beth, who reveals that Tom has been miserable throughout their marriage and is having an affair with a travel agent.

Her conversations are filled with images of light and color. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Arthur Miller gives us characters trapped and floundering in a heartless social mechanism. In the United Statesbetween the end of World War II in andseventy-eight million baby boomers were born.

Thus, the blame game starts to take root. When two individuals are linked by common interests, shared ideals and beliefs, nothing in respects to a career, money or fame can come close to it; it is a wonderful, natural high to experience true love.

In its own right the play is smartly written: There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Tom is also annoyed that Beth did not bring any food home with her. It is a well-told story with dimensional characters that challenged me to dispel with easy judgment while making me consider duty to obligation and duty to self. Refresh and try again.


Learn more about Amazon Prime. This caused a widening in the typical and predictable gap between the generations to the point that many baby boomers tended to define themselves in the negative: In the end, Tom leaves, unable to explain himself, unable to gain a sense of empathy and understanding from either of his friends.

Gabe and Tom go way back, so Gabe talks to Tom alone in a few subsequent scenes.

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The women end up arguing because Beth believes that Karen does not want her to change. The humor is subtle. She is dimner blinded by Beth. She finds nothing wrong with this, but it puts her and her marriage in negative contrast to Gabe and Karen and their marriage. Beth describes how she is enjoying life, but there is no discussion of food. No mention is made of any tourist or historical sites, just markets, dinnef, and cooks.

Everyone relates to these themes. Jul 09, Manik Sukoco rated it really liked it.

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In other words, it surely is more than a ‘duty’ to stay in a marriage. It also has two couples who dihner on different tracks in life. According to the Monthly Vital Statistics report, in alone, there were over one million divorces in America. Beth remains part of the domestic scene, though she has a new man in her life.