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Columbus Academy upper-schoolers will perform "The Dining Room" by A.R. Gurney on October 29-30. Both shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Schoedinger Theatre.

"The play tells the story of middle class America and explains through interrelated scenes, some funny and some touching, an in-depth portrait of a vanishing era of people during the time frame of the 1920s to 1940s," said director Scott Dillon. "There are normally just six actors who portray the 54 different characters but in our case will feature 17 students."

The plot is comprised of 18 interrelated scenes that "coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity."