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L to R: Jeff Wills as Mark and Jeffrey Zack as Frank.
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“Dinner at Dario’s”

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Affinito, A. Giovanni (Italian-American playwright, 19__-____), “Dinner at Dario’s,”

a 30-minute gay comedy in English, set in an apartment in Greenwich, Connecticut, 7:00 p.m., Saturday evening, 1999.


  •  © 1999 by A. Giovanni Affinito;  •  script/rights available from A. Giovanni Affinito, 576 Forest Road, West Haven, Connecticut 06516, U.S.A., e-mail Gioman2@aol.com, telephone (home) 203-397-8966.  •  Cited by A. Giovanni Affinito, via ftp June 15, 2000; Affinito says,

  § Dramatis Personae Frank (m), 35, a medical doctor, convinced that vegetarians live longer, will break celery with any willing man after his breakup with Marc; Marc (m), 35, an operatic baritone, a wit; David (m), 25, recently out and uptight, one of Frank’s amours; Harold (m), doesn't really exist.

  § Synopsis “Frank, and his ex-lover, Marc, bicker over past events before a farewell dinner at Dario’s bistro in Greenwich, Connecticut. In his search for a new partner, Frank has been dating two men, each of whom appears at different times that evening. Marc quickly intimidates them, and they leave with alacrity. Marc is hoping to re-unite with Frank, who has a problem with intimacy, which is the centerpiece of their problems. They lose the reservation at the bistro, and Marc attempts to seduce Frank, who is unresponsive but willing to share his guilt feelings.  Finally, in despair, Marc initiates a wrestling match between them which triggers an overwhelming physical reaction and engenders confessions of love.

  § Comment “A happy ending. How about THAT??? ‘Dinner at Dario’s’ is in one scene. Furniture props are required. The usual battery of lights. One sound cue.  •  Peformed in various Connecticut venues.  It was a fund raiser for the MCC church.”

Addendum, November 20, 2001: “[This play has been] picked up by STI (Studio Theatre Inc.) in NYC and had a successful run, in fact they asked for two extra performances. The play . . . was also chosen as a fundraiser for Ground Zero theatres in NY to support them financially, after the events of Sept. 11 [2001].”

Addendum, January 10, 2002: “Nine additional performances at STI and it was broadcast from WBAI-FM in NYC on December 30, 2001.”

  § Themes communication, ego, false pride, guilt, intimacy, love, release.

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