'Don't Dress For Dinner': A rollicking, rollercoaster of laughs next at Theatre Victoria

By Alice Adams
Sept. 6, 2010 at 4:06 a.m.

After making history with the first of its Silver Showcase Premiers - "A Lone Star Night," Theatre Victoria will open the next production in its 2010-11 season, "Don't Dress for Dinner," on Sept. 17-19 and 23-25.

Directed by Karen Locher, this Marc Camoletti, who wrote the recently-revived "Boeing, Boeing!, comedy played for more than two years in Paris and in London to critical acclaim.

As the story goes, Bernard is planning a wildly amorous weekend in the country with his exotic Parisian mistress Suzanne. But, little does he know that his wife Jacqueline - supposedly off to visit her mother - is planning an equally enjoyable getaway with Bernard's best friend Robert at the same cozy French farmhouse.

A foolproof plan, right? So what could possibly go wrong?

You name it ... and it happens, from mistaken identities and lies to hilarious confusion and unusual improvisations. Like all Parisian farces, the action hurtles along at warp speed, but this breathtaking farce is considered a near-perfect piece for comedy theatre.

"Don't Dress for Dinner" is truly as much fun for cast as it is for the audience," said Producing Artistic Director Charles Moster. "And I was truly happy Karen Locher agreed to be our guest director for this show, a production that focuses on middle-class lies and deceits. Our audiences are also in for a real treat, and one that will keep them laughing long after the show ends."

Locher, a long-time veteran of community theatre in Victoria, said the show's cast is definitely up to the challenge. "This is a fast-paced French farce, translated and adapted for the British stage and now a favorite of community theatres across the United States," Locher pointed out, "And our talented cast brings a look that's totally Victoria, Texas."

Alice Adams is president of Alice Adams Communications in Houston and Austin. She serves as a consultant, co-author, author and editor for numerous projects. She lives in Austin. Contact her at Rtadams2@aol.com.



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