‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ at Curtain Call’s Dressing Room Theatre in Stamford
“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” is a poignant, funny drama that explores subjects from race and fear to cultural beliefs.
And in light of recent protests, the show — based on a 1967 film — remains timely.
“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” tells of a young interracial couple that wants to marry. The Academy Award-winning movie opened just six months after the United States Supreme Court ended all race-based restrictions on marriage. (It’s been just about 50 years since that ruling.)
This hit film was adapted for the stage by Todd Kreidler, who wanted to talk about the attitudes of 1967, but with a 21st century approach. “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” will be on stage at Curtain Call’s Dressing Room Theatre in Stamford, Thursday, Sept. 7, through Sunday, Sept. 24.
The show “explores a progressive couple’s proud liberal sensibilities as they are put to the test when their daughter arrives home bursting with excitement and with an unexpected fiancé,” according to a press release.
Generations and races clash, but the play also delivers “passionate moments of acceptance and the idea that when it comes to matters of the heart, true love is colorblind.”
Curtain Call is the first theater in Connecticut to present Kreidler’s stage adaptation of the movie. The show will be directed by Debra Lee Failla, and takes place in a Black Box, cabaret-style auditorium where seating is at tables and chairs. Doors open one hour before show time, so attendees can take advantage of the “Bring Your Own Everything” format (drinks, snacks, full meals, etc...).
The Dressing Theatre, 1349 Newfield Ave. Stamford. Thursday, Sept. 7-Sunday, Sept. 24. Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. $32, $25 seniors, $16 up to age 21. Thursdays all seats $25. Discounted Flex Passes reduce prices by up to 30 percent. 203-461-6358.