Diner OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    December 2, 2015
    Closing:
    January 3, 2016

    Theater: Delaware Theatre Company / 200 Water Street Wilmington, Delaware 19801

    Synopsis: 

    Christmas, Baltimore: 1959. A circle of childhood friends reunite for the upcoming wedding of one of them. Well, only if his fiancée passes a football trivia test. From the comfort of their all-night diner, the men, now in their early-twenties, confront the realities of adulthood: marriage, careers, money and the ever-mysterious opposite sex. But no matter where life takes them, they know they’re welcome back at the diner, the one place they’ll always belong. Infused with swinging 1950s rock and roll sound, three-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall joins Crow and Levinson to transform DINER’s groundbreaking evocation of burgeoning adulthood and friendship for the stage.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Diner

    Adding the Women’s Side to the ‘Diner’ Menu

    Ben Brantley

    December 17, 2015: Ah, remember the women of “Diner,” Barry Levinson’s priceless 1982 movie about being young and lost in Baltimore? O.K., you can be forgiven for thinking that I have asked the wrong question. After all, Mr. Levinson’s breakout film, set in the late 1950s, focused on a core of maturity-resistant men, embodied by a perfectly synced ensemble that included stars-to-be like Mickey Rourke, Paul Reiser, Steve Guttenberg and Kevin Bacon. The women in their lives may have been at the front of their minds — principally as objects to be bedded or (more alarmingly) wedded. But, aside from a neglected young wife played by Ellen Barkin, the female characters tended to hover in silent reproach on the movie’s periphery. Well, 33 years later, these women have found their voices, and they have a lot to say. Or rather, sing. With assistance from the chart-topping recording artist Sheryl Crow and the A-list Broadway director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall, Mr. Levinson has reimagined “Diner” as a musical, which opened last week at the Delaware Theater Company here, in what feels like an act of earnest atonement for a generation of male-chauvinist behavior.

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