Tonight, we went to see a play called Dinner with Friends, which is about two couples who are best friends and do everything together – outings, vacations, endless home-cooked dinners at home. They even get pregnant and raise their kids together. Then one day, one of those marriages breaks up, and they have to face the harsh reality that life is evolving and will never be the same again – for them as friends, as well as their own respective relationships with their spouses (and ex-spouses).
Karen tells Beth that for the first 20 years of her life, she did everything she could do to get away from her family (assumption here is that they are obviously dysfunctional), and the last 20 years of her life, she did everything she could to create her own family – of friends, a loving husband, and kids they bore and raised. Apparently, she says, she was trying to escape how “fucked up” her family was, but in the end, the friends she chose are just as fucked up.
That actually sounds kind of familiar.