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Dinner With Friends @ Old Mill

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Old Mill Theatre dishes up Pulitzer Prize-winner
Doctor Sam Johnson once said, "Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures."

One of the pains or marriage is divorce. Old Mill Theatre's first production for 2014, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Dinner With Friends, written by the well-known American playwright Donald Margulies, is an exploration of separation, friendship and loss.

Dinner With Friends, Old Mill Theatre, Noel O'Neill
Director Noel O'Neill, right, takes the cast of Dinner With Friends Phil Barnett, Laila Gampfer, Michael Dornan and Maree Grayden through their paces (Photo courtesy of Old Mill Theatre)

The play is directed by Noel O'Neill, well-known himself as a playwright to Perth audiences as well as lecturing at WAAPA.

O'Neill says of the play, "The appeal of Dinner With Friends is that it's all so bittersweetly realistic. It's not just a thoughtful study on divorce but also a turbulent meditation on the minefield of middle age."

Dinner With Friends, Old Mill Theatre, Noel O'Neill
Tom (Phil Barnett) and Beth (Maree Grayden) come to blows in Dinner With Friends when they decide to get a divorce (Photo courtesy of Old Mill Theatre)

"The play exposes the same universal insecurities people face every time there are shattering changes in their lives, which makes the characters so real it's about them facing their fears."

Dinner With Friends plays from February 14 to March 1st with a 2pm matinee February 23.

Tickets are $25, $20 concession. Book online or call 9367 8719.

The Old Mill Theatre is on the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road, South Perth (opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post).

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Why? The trials and tribulations of marriage breakdowns
When: 2pm and 8pm
Phone: 9367 8719
Where: Old Mill Theatre, Cnr Mends St & Mill Point Road, South Perth
Cost: $25, $20 concession
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