Neil Simon's “The Dinner Party” will be presented Nov. 11 and 12 at the New Berlin West PAC, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave.
The story is set in a high end restaurant in Paris, where six unknowing guests realize they are three divorced couples--providing the makings of the farce Simon intends for the first half of the play.
Simon wanted to break the concept that farces can never "get real." In an interview, Simon said he was trying to write a play very different from anything he had done before. Instead of carrying the play through as a farce, it would be funny only up to a certain point, he said.
This bantering comedy is played by in order of appearance, Zach Karolek (Claude Pichon), James Karolek (Albert Donay), Brooklyn DiPietrantonio (Andre Bouville), Krysta Hoffman (Mariette Levieux), Audrey Moczulewski (Yvonne Fouchet) and Ilisia Du Mez (Gabrielle Buonocelli).
Performances will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12. Admission will be $9, general, $7 for seniors, $5 for students, $2 for children. Advance tickets are available for an additional service fee at the West Performing Arts Center's website.