"GRIPPING, BRILLIANTLY DIRECTED & TOTALLY ELECTRIC! One of the major productions of the year." — Tab/Wicked Local
"REALLY FANTASTIC! As relevant as ever — it is vital for people to see this play." — WGBH
"A STORY ABOUT THE MAGIC OF LOVE." — Cape Cod Times
"A CROWD-PLEASER! Julia Duffy and Will Lyman show off considerable comic chops." — WBUR
"Malcolm-Jamal Warner brings both wit and moral weight to the role of Dr. John Prentice." — The Boston Globe
"A STELLAR ENSEMBLE!" — South Shore Critic

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner (“The Cosby Show”) makes his Huntington debut in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner directed by Huntington favorite David Esbjornson (All My Sons). Joanna surprises her liberal, white parents when she brings home John, her African-American fiancé, to meet them. Both sets of parents must confront their own unexpected reactions and concerns for their children as their beliefs are put to the test. Set in the 1960s, this funny and poignant new stage adaptation offers a fresh interpretation of the beloved Academy Award-winning film and also features Julia Duffy (“Newhart”), Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox, and Boston favorite Will Lyman.

Approximate run time: 2 hours and 15 minutes including one intermission.

 


"David Esbjornson brings a striking contemporary perspective to classics that allow us to experience them in new and unexpected ways. After his astonishing production of All My Sons, I can't wait for him to reveal the emotional and social immediacy of the ideas raised by this landmark film." — Peter DuBois
"Guess Who's Coming To Dinner is a cultural touchstone. Approaching it today, I wanted to talk about and engage in the attitudes of 1967 with a 21st century approach."— Todd Kreidler
"I am delighted to return to the Huntington to present Todd Kreidler's exciting new stage adaptation of what has become a classic American story. We hope that audiences will find the experience of this piece to be compelling, provocative, and perhaps all-too-relevant."— David Esbjornson

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"GRIPPING, BRILLIANTLY DIRECTED & TOTALLY ELECTRIC! One of the major productions of the year." — Tab/Wicked Local
"REALLY FANTASTIC! As relevant as ever — it is vital for people to see this play. Malcolm-Jamal Warner delivers an emotionally wrenching performance."— WGBH
"AN APPEALING 'DINNER'! Strong performances, most notably by Boston stalwart Will Lyman. Malcolm-Jamal Warner brings both wit and moral weight to the role of Dr. John Prentice...and gives eloquently passionate voice and force to the generational showdown at the heart of Todd Kreidler's comedy-drama." — The Boston Globe
"A STELLAR ENSEMBLE! The doctor's parents, very well played by Adriane Lenox and Lonnie Farmer, the maid Matilda Binks, or "Tillie," perfectly captured by Lynda Gravátt, and the obnoxiously bigoted art dealer Hilary, deliciously portrayed by Wendy Rich Stetson, were all faultless, as was the ever-astonishing Will Lyman. It's the family friend Monsignor Ryan, here beautifully done by Patrick Shea, who steals the show." — South Shore Critic
"The cast is splendid — Will Lyman is superb. Tillie [is] perfectly captured by Lynda Gravátt. Adriane Lenox and Lonnie Farmer are pitch perfect. Hilary is portrayed wonderfully by Wendy Rich Stetson. " — Berkshire Fine Arts
"A CROWD-PLEASER! Julia Duffy does a wonderfully understated job. [She] and Will Lyman show off considerably comic chops, along with believable serious moments. Ditto Lonnie Famer and Adriane Lenox as the African-American parents. Lynda Gravátt as the maid and Patrick Shea [as Monsignor Ryan] almost walk away with the show." — WBUR
"A story about the magic of love."— Cape Cod Times
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Audience Buzz

"My husband and I saw the show last night.  What an amazing play.  EVERYONE was amazing. Normally I talk about people who 'stood out' in a performance. In this production, they all stood out. The audience was clapping, gasping, and laughing throughout the performance, and the immediate standing ovation before the cast even made it to the front of the stage was awesome.  I hope the cast and crew felt the love, because the audience sure as hell was loving it." — Ron Thibodeau on Facebook
"Check out #GuessWhosComingtoDinner @huntington. @MalcolmJamalWar gives a fantastic performance!"— @tony_robillard
"Bravo! A sparkling performance!  — @sepstein
"'Guess Who's Coming To Dinner' is one of the best productions ever @Huntington. Subject of race is still so timely."— @VLiTBHA
"Enjoyed "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" at @huntington last night; great performances; loved Will Lyman as Mr. Drayton"— @DotNews
"Great performances by all. Always tough to create something new and fresh when the story and the characters are so historically iconic."— Trish McGovern Dorsey on Facebook

Features

  • 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' speaks to new era

    From The Boston Globe, September 4, 2014: "When playwright Todd Kreidler was asked to write a stage adaptation of the iconic 1967 film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” he was skeptical at first. “The first question I had was, ‘Why?’ ’’ he recalls. “I had two reservations. The first was just the prospect of bringing a film to the stage. The second was that it was..."
  • Malcom-Jamal Warner comes to dinner at the Huntington

    From Metro Boston, September 4, 2014: "On February 4, 1999, four white police officers fired 41 bullets at a 23-year-old unarmed black man, 19 of which struck their target, Amadou Diallo. He died and the police were acquitted, causing a backlash over police brutality, racial profiling, and white privilege to erupt throughout America."
  • Huntington Theatre puts racial politics center stage

    From Dig Boston, September 3, 2014: "On February 4, 1999, four white police officers fired 41 bullets at a 23-year-old unarmed black man, 19 of which struck their target, Amadou Diallo. He died and the police were acquitted, causing a backlash over police brutality, racial profiling, and white privilege to erupt throughout America."
  • Malcom-Jamal Warner - All Grown Up

    From Improper Bostonian, September 3-16, 2014: "Former Cosby kid Malcolm-Jamal Warner is appearing in the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner from Sept. 5 to Oct. 5. He grew up playing Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992, and other television credits include Malcolm & Eddie, Community, Dexter, Reed Between the Lines and Sons of Anarchy. He’s appeared in...."
  • Huntington's 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' digs deeper into prejudice

    From Wicked Local Somerville, September 3, 2014: "Nearly five decades after the Supreme Court struck down the last U.S. laws against interracial marriage, Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company opens its 33rd season Friday with a stage adaptation of "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner" that brings a 21st century perspective to the once controversial subject matter. "
  • Malcom-Jamal Warner: 'The Cosby Show changed the way the world looked at black people'

    From BET.com, August 25, 2014: "Malcolm-Jamal Warner is probably best known as Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show, but the 44-year old actor has reinvented himself several times thanks to a steady stream of diverse roles on TV. He’s played both good and deadbeat husbands, (most recently on CommunityReed Between the Lines and Sherri). The New Jersey native also...."

Artists

  • Julia DuffyChristina Drayton
  • Lonnie FarmerJohn Prentice, Sr.
  • Meredith ForlenzaJoanna Drayton
  • Lynda GraváttMatilda Binks
  • Adriane LenoxMary Prentice
  • Will LymanMatt Drayton
  • Patrick SheaMonsignor Ryan
  • Wendy Rich StetsonHilary St. George
  • Malcolm-Jamal WarnerDr. John Prentice
  • Todd KreidlerPlaywright
  • David EsbjornsonDirector
  • Dane LaffreyScenic Design
  • Paul TazewellCostume Design
  • Allen Lee HughesLighting Design
  • Ben EmersonSound Design
  • Emily F. McMullenProduction Stage Manager
  • Jeremiah MullaneStage Manager

Prices & Seating


Section
Performance Day AA A B C D
Friday, Saturday, Sunday &
Tuesday Preview, Wednesday matinee
$76 $61 $46 $36 $25
Sunday - Thursday evening;
Saturday matinee
$87 $72 $52 $40 $25
Friday & Saturday evening;
 Sunday matinee
$99 $83 $68 $53 $25

Prices may vary and are subject to change at any time.

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$25
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