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DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER
by Marc Camolette
adapted by Robin Hawdon
directed by Dennis D. Hennessy
Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic mistress in his charming country farmhouse on Martha’s Vineyard, while his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a Cordon Bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well…. suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone’s alibi gets confused with everyone else’s. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.
This comedy was a smash hit in Paris, where it played for over two years, and in London, where it ran for six years. It has since played in theatres all over the USA and the English-speaking world and was revived in Chicago and on Broadway in 2012. This production was nominated for two Tony awards.
“Hurtling along at the speed of light, this breathtaking farce is a near faultless comedy. It is flat out funny!” – NY Daily News