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Review: ‘The Dinner Party’ is a clever and witty comedic short film

‘The Dinner Party’ is a clever and witty comedic short film by Penelope Lawson. Digital Journal has the scoop.

Eric Nelsen and Kate Easton in 'The Dinner Party'
Eric Nelsen and Kate Easton in "The Dinner Party." Photo Courtesy of "The Dinner Party"
Eric Nelsen and Kate Easton in "The Dinner Party." Photo Courtesy of "The Dinner Party"

“The Dinner Party” is a clever and witty comedic short film by Penelope Lawson. Digital Journal has the scoop.

It is the directorial debut of Jenna Ushkowitz (“Glee” fame), and it was written by Penelope Lawson; moreover, Ushkowitz and Lawson served as the executive producers.

The synopsis is as follows: All hell breaks loose when Steve (Eric Nelsen) brings his new girlfriend Serena (Kate Easton) to meet his family for the first time. The short movie comedically highlights a blended family in the modern age, and how an outsider, Serena, deals with their unique family dynamic.

“The Dinner Party” is an ensemble short film that stars Emmy winner Eric Nelsen (“The Bay” and “1883”), Michael Hitchcock (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), Jamie-Lynn Siegler (“The Sopranos”), Carl McDowell (“Ballers”), Becca Tobin (“Glee”), Nana Visitor (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”), Kate Easton, Lauryn Speights, and it introduces Liam Libran.

The film will begin its festival screening circuit in February of 2022, where it will debut at the Mammoth Film Festival. It focuses on Steve (Eric Nelsen), who brings his new girlfriend Serena (Kate Easton) to meet his family for the first time, where all hell breaks loose.

“The Dinner Party” is very entertaining, hilarious, and there is something in it for everybody. Well done.

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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 17,000 original articles over the past 16 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a six-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past three years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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