A budding playwright and his wife attend a dinner party hosted by wealthy, cultural elites, who have promised to bankroll the writer’s latest play to Broadway, but, in fact, have darker designs in mind for the couple.
Starring: Jeremy London, Bill Sage, and Sawandi Wilson
Directed by: Miles Doleac
Written by: Miles Doleac and Michael Donovan Horn
Sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to in order to get ahead. That’s the case for Jeff (Mike Mayhall) and particularly Haley (Alli Hart) in “The Dinner Party.” Jeff has agreed to go to this dinner party in hopes of getting funding for his play, and a chance to make it big time. Haley has gone along mostly in support of him, but seems plenty uncomfortable to be there. Things are strange before dinner even begins, and it’s only down hill from here.
As they roam around the house, they get a weird introduction to several of the other guests. Haley even runs into one who is naked, and wants to have a little fun before dinner. These people are definitely hiding something, and the audience will start to wonder what’s going on here. Are they cannibals, vampires, or what?
They finally sit down for dinner, and these questions don’t go away. The audience might be ready for fireworks, but they’re going to have to wait. Along with Jeff and Haley, they have to sit through some creepy classic music, and an odd game. For a second, it almost seemed like the audience was about to be thrown into “Ready or Not” again.
However, the wait is worth it as the fireworks finally begin to take off. Dinner is finally served, and it’s definitely not something most would eat. Yes, this part might not have been too unexpected, but there are more surprises to come. Blood and guts are dished out all over the house as things spin out of control. It turns out that while the hosts were planning one thing, someone else had their own plans.
While “The Dinner Party” might get off to a strange and slow start, it ends with a lot of bloody fun. At least the slow start actually isn’t just filling time, as everything mentioned during dinner has a meaning by the end. Everyone at dinner came there for something, and some got what they deserved. A few even come out ahead, which was the goal to start with. Since I usually enjoy a story involving people with power getting taken down a notch, especially in bloody fashion, I give this dinner party 2.5 pools of blood!
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