The Dining Room - THEATRE OFF JACKSON
With virtually no changes in makeup, and minimal costume changes, the actors convincingly essay characters ranging from eight to eighty, the connecting thread being the dining room they interact in. Standouts in a wholly fine ensemble were Gigi Jhong's scene-stealing Dora, Hing Lam's venerable Grandfather, Christine Sperry's heartbreakingly confused Old Lady. Notable in their dexterity moving from character to character were Bradetta Vines, John Bianchi and T.J. Langley.
Hsieh's convention (or is it Gurney's) of the characters from one vignette remaining on the set for a few moments into the next, proved quite effective. And the dining room set itself was quite lovely indeed, given what must have been a limited budget.
The Dining Room faces enormous competition from the Fringe Fest this weekend, but it's one I recommend you don't pass up. Runs Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, Sunday at 4pm. FFI, call 364-3283
March 3, 1994