Venue Details

826 Star Starred
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
14900 La Mirada Boulevard La Mirada, CA 90638
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4.2 / 5 Rated by 27 members
Review from Robin Lovan

La Mirada Performing Arts is always a good bet for a performance. This play is funny yet thought provoking. Guaranteed to keep the conversation going on the way home. The free or under $10 special was great! Opted for the free tickets in...continued

reviewed Jun 04 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from B.Coffman

The play was very good. La Mirada is a nice venue with a very cozy lobby for waiting in before the show. Be aware that it is definitely a senior crowd- with mostly seniors staffing the venue, and a playbill filled with ads for retirement homes. My...continued

reviewed Jun 12 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Anita

Well staged, well performed production. Worth an evening out.

reviewed Jun 06 2010 report as inappropriate
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Playwright Donald Margulies has been quoted as calling his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Dinner With Friends, “a rueful comedy.” The story is not just a thoughtful study on divorce, but a turbulent meditation on the minefield of middle age. Gabe and Karen, a happily married couple, have been friends with married couple Tom and Beth for many years. While having dinner at Gabe and Karen’s home one night, Beth tearfully reveals that she is getting a divorce from Tom, who has been unfaithful.

The unfolding story is not the divorce, but the shockwaves it causes in its wake. Over the course of the play, we witness the effects of Tom and Beth’s breakup on Gabe and Karen, who first feel compelled to choose sides, and then begin to question the strength of their own seemingly tranquil marriage.

The play exposes the same, universal insecurities that people face every time there are shattering changes in their lives. Margulies’ characters are real. They are normal. They are family, friends, and the people next door. They are people facing their fears.

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