Malcolm-Jamal Warner inGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner
by Todd Kreidler
based on the screenplay by William Rose
directed by David Esbjornson
Classic Family Comedy
Television actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show, Malcolm & Eddie) makes his Arena Stage debut in a new adaptation of the beloved film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. A progressive white couple's proud liberal sensibilities are put to the test when their daughter, fresh from an overseas romance, brings her African-American fiancé home to meet them. Personal beliefs clash with the mores of the late 60's in this warm and witty exploration of family and culture and knowing which of them has the greater hold on our hearts.
“I am delighted to return to Arena Stage to present Todd Kreidler's exciting, new stage adaptation of what has become a classic American story. It is a privilege to work with this exceptional group of artists who share in the hope that audiences will find the experience of this piece compelling, provocative and perhaps all too relevant."
— David Esbjornson
“So darn appealing … masterly direction and an excellent cast.
[Malcolm-Jamal] Warner has matured into a solid leading man.”
– Washington Post
“Heart-warming production. The acting is … top-notch.
Features a superb supporting cast.”
– Broadway World
“... Malcolm-Jamal Warner leads a stellar cast …
one of the finest nights in the theatre I have ever had.”
– DC Metro Theater Arts
“The perfect piece of theater – Guess Who's Coming to Dinner's realism will
rattle and unarm you ... I highly recommend it.”
– DC Theatre Scene
“Truly uplifting … A delightfully funny, wonderfully acted
evening of theatre that should not be missed.”
– MD Theatre Guide
“Mesmerizing … Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is theater at its best.”– Woman Around Town
“ … This ensemble cast doesn’t have a weak link.”– The Washington Times
“Powerful cast … riotously funny ... Warner doesn’t disappoint,
his presence is forceful onstage.”– Washingtonian