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  Sunday Dinner at Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre

Sunday Dinner

Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre
241 Moreno Drive Beverly Hills

Michael Matera, a young priest in the Chicago Archdiocese, returns to his parentsí home in the Bronx after his grandfather dies. The Matera clan is gathering at the family home for Sunday dinner. Soon after Michael arrives, his retired working-class father Eddie confesses a sin (more like a felony, really) to Michael. Itís a misdeed which could have serious consequences for other members of the family. To Eddieís dismay, Michael refuses to grant him absolution. There are reasons for this (which wonít be given away here; Youíll have to see the play to find out). Eddieís not the only one with secrets. Michael has a few of his own. Heís admitted to himself that heís gay, but he hasnít yet come out to his family. Things are about to get more complicated, as Michaelís female ex-lover (who is still interested in him) has also been invited as a guest for Sunday dinner. Can the Materas withstand the weight of so much sin, secrecy and shame? Would revealing all cleanse the family or destroy it?

Thru - Feb 16, 2020

Price: $35

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 310-364-0535

  Sunday Dinner Reviews
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Broadway World - Recommended

"...Tony Blake's often universally comedic dialogue, always delivered to illicit the most laughter possible but each member of the cast who thoroughly inhabit their roles, at the end we are left wondering if the Materas can withstand the weight of so much sin, secrecy and shame. It's left up to the audience to consider if revealing all has cleansed or destroyed the family."
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Shari Barrett

Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...An abundance of secrets and lies get revealed over the course of one eventful evening in Tony Blake's funny, engaging, twist-filled Sunday Dinner, now getting a spiffy, splendidly acted World Premiere production at Beverly Hills' Theatre 40."
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Steven Stanley

Showmag - Highly Recommended

"...Typical of Theatre 40ís best work, this cast works so well together, youíd think they were the actual family. Richie may be annoying, but heís perceptive; while Rose takes the prize for selfishness. Few families could survive the extent of these revelations; mercifully there is redemption by the end the evening."
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Leigh Kennicott

Stage Raw - Recommended

"...Yet, despite its flaws, Sunday Dinner is redeemed by the strength of its story - so tense and vibrant that the audience's attention remains captivated through its end."
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Nikki Munoz

Peoples World - Somewhat Recommended

"...How much sin, secrecy and shame can one family bear? Is there enough love and mutual regard to go on as before? Will knowing the truth heal or destroy? You will have noted already, Dear Reader, that Iím being purposefully evasive with the details so as not to be that dread Monster Plot Spoiler. Itís worth checking out this expert cast of actors in a moving play for yourself."
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Eric A. Gordon

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