Dinner With Friends

Rich layers in Langley Players’ bittersweet Dinner With Friends

Langley Players' season opener explores what happens to friends when marriages fall apart.

Dinner With Friends, a bittersweet comedy that looks at the lives of two intertwined couples, takes the stage Thursday, when Langley Players launches its 2015-2016 season.

The 2000 Pulitzer Prize-winning story by Donald Margulies explores what happens to the couples when one of the marriages falls apart.

This production, presented Thursdays to Sundays from Oct. 22 to Nov. 21 at the Langley Playhouse, is directed by Mary Renvall and produced by Raymond Hatton, a club stalwart.

“What an exciting experience this has been, building the beautifully written show and developing the wonderful characters that we have grown to think of as our new-found friends,” says Renvall, who is also Langley Players president.

It stars Langley’s Gemma Martin and Terry Thomas, along with Larry Hamm of Chilliwack and Mission’s Shannon Pedder.

The plot is as follows: Karen and Gabe and Beth and Tom have been vacationing at the vineyard every summer, raising kids and enjoying countless dinners together. But when one marriage dissolves, the couples’ lives start to change course, pulling them in opposite directions.

Billed as amusing and richly-layered, Dinner with Friends is about the path you choose, the ones you don’t, and the detours you take along the way.

The playhouse is located at  (4307 200 Street, Langley). Showtimes are Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. Reservations by calling 604-543-7469 or at www.langleyplayers.com.