Mad­cap farce of in­fi­deli­ties


Re­hearsals are in full swing for the Pahiatua Reper­tory So­ci­ety’s end of year pro­duc­tion Don’t Dress For Din­ner, di­rected by Ngaire Ngatuere.

The cast and crew of this hi­lar­i­ous adult comedic farce are putting a huge amount of time and ef­fort into bring­ing the fast-paced script and move­ment to the Pahiatua Re­gent Theatre’s stage, with a lot of fun and laugh­ter.

If an old say­ing was ap­plied to Marc Camo­letti’s com­edy it would be, “Oh, what a tan­gled web we weave when first we prac­tice to de­ceive”.

The story un­folds in a ren­o­vated farm­house. An on­go­ing gag in this far­ci­cal piece is that the rooms, within which var­i­ous in­ti­ma­cies may or may not take place, have names such as “the pig­gery”, “the cow­shed” and “the hayloft”.

The web of lies and counter-lies be­gins with Bernard and Jac­que­line. They’re mar­ried, but they’re any­thing but faith­ful as Bernard has ar­ranged for a ren­dezvous with his mis­tress, Suzanne, when he thinks Jac­que­line is go­ing to be gone for the week­end. How­ever, when Jac­que­line ac­ci­den­tally finds out that Bernard’s best friend Robert is com­ing to the farm­house, she changes her plans im­me­di­ately, as the two of them have been car­ry­ing on their own af­fair.

What en­sues is pure mad­cap fun as the key play­ers in this multi-level in­fi­delity be­gin ma­noeu­vring to cover their tracks.

Suzette, the Cor­don Bleu caterer Bernard has hired for the evening, winds up be­ing bribed to pa­rade as Suzanne. Suzanne, who ar­rives later to the fes­tiv­i­ties, must pretend to be the caterer, and she can’t cook!

Don’t Dress for Din­ner is filled with clever di­a­logue and a healthy por­tion of phys­i­cal hu­mour that makes for great pre-Christ­mas en­ter­tain­ment.

A must see show, Don’t Dress For Din­ner is on­stage for seven per­for­mances from Thurs­day No­vem­ber 29 to Sat­ur­day De­cem­ber 8 in the Re­gent Down­stairs Theatre Pahiatua.

Tick­ets are on sale from the Tues­day Oc­to­ber 9 from The Boho Delhi, 115 Main Street, Pahiatua (cash only) Phone: 06 3766227.

Door sales will be avail­able. Adults $27, se­niors and stu­dents $25.

Ge­orge (Graeme Vial) be­ing re­strained by (from left to right) Suzette (Talitha Van­den­berg), Jac­que­line (Vanessa Coogan) and Suzanne (Karen Web­ster) in the Pahiatua Reper­tory So­ci­ety’s Christ­mas pro­duc­tion of Don’t Dress For Din­ner.

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