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Don't Dress For Dinner
a Farce
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Marc Camoletti

COMPANY : Rosewater Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Rosewater Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 3519

SHOWING : October 09, 2009 - November 07, 2009

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Bernard is planning a weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in a French farmhouse. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, is packing his wife Jacqueline off to her mother's, and has even invited his best friend to provide the alibi. It's foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Suppose Robert turns up not knowing why he has been invited? Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers? What happens if the cook is mistaken for the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook? An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed. This farcical concoction involves a married couple, an old friend, a voluptuous mistress and an outlandish cook who's enlisted to take on different identities in a succession of lies, deceptions and misunderstandings. The plot is a recipe for hilarious confusion with more twists than a corkscrew. Rated PG-13 for mild adult content.

Oct 9 - Nov 7
On the Cabaret Stage
Fri and Sat at 8 PM
Sundays at 3 PM


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Russ D. Ivey
Costume Design Karen Cotter
Stage Manager Heather Yager
Bernard Drew Allen
Jacqueline Leigh-Ann Campbell
Robert Josh Ellis
Suzette Eileen M Fulford
George Peter Perozzi
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REVIEWS

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All Dressed Up
by playgoer
Saturday, October 24, 2009
4.0
"Don't Dress for Dinner" at the Rosewater Theatre has some stunning costumes. Leigh Ann Campbell, as wife Jacqueline, and Leanna Lambert, as mistress Suzanne, are the most elegantly dressed throughout. Drew Allen, as husband Bernard, has some pretty nifty changes of dress too. As for Eileen Fulford, as cook Suzette, and Peter Perozzi, as her husband George, both have a bit of stunt costuming. Only Josh Ellis, as Robert, appears disheveled throughout. In this case, the costumes outshine the set, which has the rustic charm of a barn converted into a small residence. Kudos to Karen Cotter, the costume manager of the show.

The play itself is a farce, which the Rosewater Theatre is developing quite a reputation for. This farce is continental, hinging on mistresses and lovers, but it takes the notion of mistaken identities to extremes. Eileen Fulford in particular plays a cook playing a niece/mistress/actress/model, and when she puts on airs as a supposedly fashionable Parisienne, it's a highlight of the show.

The accents are a bit of a muddle. We have one French accent (with a bit of a Spanish flavor in the "j" sound at the start of "yes"), one Scots accent, and a variety of English and mid-Atlantic accents. For a play taking place in France, with no indication that any of the the characters are anything but French, this is a bit confusing. The Scots accent, however, works remarkably well.

The cast is well-matched, with no cast member outshining the others. Josh Ellis has a face made for farce, but Leigh Ann Campbell has some terrific takes too. The movement is brisk, with inventive staging whenever a compromising stage picture is needed. All in all, this is a pleasing production of an often hilarious farce. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Entertaining
by fanatic
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
3.5
"Don't Dress For Dinner", now showing at the Rosewater Playhouse is a frenetic farce, complete with confused relationships, cheating couples and numerous misunderstandings. Penned by Marc Camoletti, the play is marginally humorous, and the script lacks much of the sophistication and perception one expects from an English or French farce.

This is not to say the show isnít clever or amusing. It can be, at times. The cast is in fine form, and together they handle all the racy double entendres and broad physical comedy with aplomb. Although the entire cast is delightful, LeAnna Lambert stands out as a true comic marvel.

But the plot is painfully thin, and the one-liners wear out by the end of the first act, when most of the two-timing has been exposed. Plus the director's staging also appears limited at times, as if comic inventiveness is in short supply. Needless to say, if the aim is only to entertain, Rosewater succeeds. As the previous reviewer hinted, get alcoholic beverage, sit back and enjoy. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Thank You by Parrott65
Thank you for your honest review. I'm sorry that the script and direction were not up to your standards, but I do appreciate your acknowledgement of the hard working cast. They made my job easier, that's for sure. All reviews of shows I'm involved with are deeply appreciated and help me to figure out how to make it better the next time around. Thank you sir/madam :)

Russ
Silly boy by fanatic
Your direction is more than acceptable. Sure, work on further advancing the farce next time. But the energy and pacing is quite pleaseing, and your cast was well selected.

Diana
Splendidly Suprised
by bjbarn
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
5.0
After an impromptu dinner at Nirvana in Roswell, which was very healthy and moderately priced, my Princess and I decided to visit the theatre to see Don't Dress For Dinner. Note that I have often been accused of falling asleep during other plays, so I am always worried the wife may catch me napping if scenes get a little boring.

Ironically, I was bright eyed and bushy for this performance! From the opening scene to the curtain closing, we chuckled to the quick wit and improvisation displayed by all characters. The cast is strong, and for an opening night performance, we were suprised how seamlessly the actors performed.

I would highly encourage you to check out this offering from Rosweater, BTW, did I mention that they also serve wine there? Good friends and a bottle of wine baby, it doesn't get any better! Can't wait to take some more peeps to the play next month! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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