TheatreOne’s Fringe Flicks presents Beatriz at Dinner
First Anti-Trump Film of 2017
Director Miguel Arteta and writer Mike White (Chuck & Buck and The Good Girl) reunite for what has been called “the first dramatic comedy that’s an explicit and provocative allegory of the Age of Trump” (Variety). Beatriz (Salma Hayek), a self-effacing immigrant from Mexico, has spent her adult life caring for the sick while neglecting herself. When her car breaks down and she is stranded at a client’s luxurious Newport Beach home overnight, her well-meaning employer (Connie Britton) insists she join them for a dinner party that evening. There, Beatriz is introduced to Doug Strutt (John Lithgow), a ruthless billionaire real-estate developer. She listens uncomfortably while Doug brags about his aggressive business tactics, but when he boasts about shooting a rhino in Africa, she can no longer hold her tongue. As opposing worldviews collide over the dinner table, Beatriz’s pent-up outrage emerges in a way that surprises even herself.
“An elegant, squirm-inducing dark comedy” – Justin Chang, LA Times
Beatriz at Dinner shows at the Avalon Cinema on Sunday October 29 at 1, 4 & 7pm, and Monday October 30 at 7pm. Tickets are $13 from www.theatreone.org and at the door for one hour before each screening.