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.