Dinner At Eight: A Play In Three Acts

Dinner At Eight A Play In Three Acts During the Great Depression society matron Millicent Jordan has bigger problems she is planning a dinner and Lord and Lady Ferncliff have just accepted As her daughter Paula s romantic complications

  • Title: Dinner At Eight: A Play In Three Acts
  • Author: George S. Kaufman Edna Ferber
  • ISBN: 9780573608032
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Paperback
  • During the Great Depression, society matron Millicent Jordan has bigger problems she is planning a dinner and Lord and Lady Ferncliff have just accepted As her daughter Paula s romantic complications mount and her search for an extra man to complement former stage star Carlotta Vance proves fruitless, the lady and all her guests are caught in a roundelay of wealth, losDuring the Great Depression, society matron Millicent Jordan has bigger problems she is planning a dinner and Lord and Lady Ferncliff have just accepted As her daughter Paula s romantic complications mount and her search for an extra man to complement former stage star Carlotta Vance proves fruitless, the lady and all her guests are caught in a roundelay of wealth, loss, love, betrayal and the disintegration of the accepted social order This stage hit originally opened on Broadway in 1932, became a classic MGM film and was later revived at New York s Lincoln Center in 2003 to great acclaim.

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    1. This cardboard play is known today only because of the terrific film version, written by Herman Mankiewicz, Frances Marion, Donald Ogden Stewart -- and directed by the wonderful Geo Cukor. The play itself is a snore, which can be said of most of the Kaufman oeuvre.

    2. Yay! Another 1930s comedy of manners (with a healthy sprinkling of drama)! The 1920s and 30s really was a great time for the English-language stage, wasn’t it?Here we have a well-worn centerpiece: a dinner party where all of the guests have their own problems and everything goes wrong. But this is all about the days leading up to the dinner and for all that it’s funny, the play tackles some serious issues in brief but meaningful ways. Given the number of characters, this could easily be an o [...]

    3. Really pretty middling with a lack of the spark that keeps Stage Door rolling. Wooden characters in scenes that seem to follow too strict a pattern and then some bizarre melodrama to cap it off. And unfunny to boot.

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