THE FAMILY DINNER

play in three acts

 


 

Theatre Michodière

First production :

December 1th 1944

Theatre Michodière

Managers :

Pierre FRESNAY

Yvonne PRINTEMPS

Staging : Jean WALL

Scenery : J.A. BONNAUD

 


 

Cast:

Clémence.....................................Gabrielle DORZIAT
Gilberte.........................................Renée DEVILLERS
Jacqueline ..................................Jeanine DARCEY
Madame Durban.......................Marthe MARSANS
Richard..........................................Michel VITOLD
Hector...........................................Jean BROCHARD
Waroquier...................................Jacques BERLIOZ
Fernand Caron..........................Jean-Henri CHAMBOIS
Anna, bonne de Clémence.....Renée SÉNAC
Juliette, bonne de Castéra....Anny MARELLE

Summary:

This is the story of a young, spoilt bourgeois who is suddenly unbalanced by the compromise and slavery inherent in his every day life. But the social framework in which he finds himself is so infernally resistant to change that he does not try to upset it.

 

The piece is played in a dining-room of a large provincial town (Acts I and II)

Small studio-office ( Act III )

 

 

 

 

 

Yvonne PRINTEMPS
Pierre FRESNAY

 

 

Gabrielle DORZIAT

Michel VITOLD

Renée DEVILLERS

Danièle DELORME

Jean BROCHARD

Jeanine DARCEY

Jean-Henri CHAMBOIS

Jean WALL

Jacques BERLIOZ


 

This play was written in the castle of Montcru, in Ariège, at
Allières, little village of Pyrenees where the playwriter got married

 

 

A family dinner

 

Adapted and
filmed for TF1

by Michel WYN, director of « La
Demoiselle
dí Avignon »

( Broadcast : 1st september 1976 )

 

DRAMA AFTER THE WAR :

Jean Bernard-Luc, a beginner whose harshness and strenght of the play could make him assimilate to Mr Anouilh or Salacrou, in his next dramas.

( Thierry MAULNIER, Le Théâtre )

Jean Bernard-Luc, Bourdet, Deval, Jean Anouilh comfort us on the future of the comedy of intrigue : the take-over is guaranteed.

( L'Aurore )

This FAMILY DINNER has a sort of a classical content: 3 units. A tragedy so close to life that it often makes you smile.

( M. Laroche, Libé-Soir )

J.Bernard-Lucís work is worth seeing. There are not that many dramas to day that deserve so much attention.

( Claude SANTELLI )

A good character comedy ; very good drama. All the characters reflect so much reality.

( R. Daniel, Paris-Presse

At last, a drama worth seeing and the first to be of such interest among the ones which have been performed since the reopening of the theatres.

( Le Boulevardier, Figaro)

The best show we have attended since the Liberation.

( P. Benard )

Jean Bernard-Luc has a real dramatic sense. Your attention is always kept, a lively dialogue of a good quality. A good play, outstandlingly performed. A good play, at last, something new which is good as well.

( R. Joel, Résistance Ouvrière )

A true and harsh dialogue. It reminds you a bit of Edouard Bourdetís spirit,in « The Difficult Times »

 

( Reflets, Genève )

Gabrielle Dorziat in 1905