Dinner with Friends

Rated 5.0

What’s a 40-ish couple to do when their best friends (who they’ve known for years) split in acrimony after a nasty fight? How do you handle the distance that almost inevitably enters the individual relationships? That’s the dilemma in this Pulitzer-winning “comedy” about separation and the changing character of romance and marriage through the years. Aside from the big blowup, it’s actually quite funny most of the time, as the characters involved try to come to grips with an awkward situation (never fully acknowledging that a huge elephant has entered the room). This is a play in which the humor also cuts to the bone. Good performances by Karyn Casl, Ken Figeroid, Jamie Jones and Eric Wheeler, and sensitively directed by Peter Mohrmann.
Capital Stage, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. $22-$26. 1000 Front Street, Old Sacramento (on the Delta King riverboat), (916) 995-5464, www.capstage.org. Through March 2.