Dress for Dinner
By Marc Camoletti, adapted by
November 26 - December 18,
Directed by Michael Payne
Carpenter Square Theatre serves up the comedy
“Don’t Dress for Dinner” on Thanksgiving weekend and it will play through
Playwright Robin Hawdon ‘s recipe for
hilarious confusion combines some sexy hanky panky, mistaken identity and, of
course, dinner in a French country house. Performances of his clever comedy of
errors will be held in the arena theater of Stage Center, which is located at
400 W. Sheridan in downtown Oklahoma City.
At the play’s start, Bernard is eager for a
weekend rendezvous with his mistress Suzanne. Thinking that his wife will be
gone for the weekend, he invites Suzanne to their country home, as well as a
gourmet cook to serve up tantalizing treats and his best friend Robert to be his
alibi. Much to his dismay, his wife decides to stay home because she has a plan
of her own. (The audience discovers early on that she and best friend Robert
have been carrying on their own affair.) With the ensuing lies and false
identities, the plot soon develops more twists than a corkscrew. The madcap
action guarantees that if any of the characters ever fall into bed, all they
will be able to do is fall asleep!
Director Michael Payne keeps the action
simmering with a cast that includes Kim R. Davis and Terry Veal as the
philandering married couple, Michael Gibbons as their befuddled friend and Emily
Etherton as the chic mistress from Paris. Suzanne Proctor is the money-grabbing
gourmet cook and Brian Smolensky appears as her
jealous husband. Catherine Pongratz is stage
manager for the production, while Corey Martin and Steven Gillmore are
“Don’t Dress for Dinner” has a
tremendous entertainment track record. Before playing in theaters all over the
U.S., it began as Marc Camoletti’s French play
“Pajamas for Six” which played for two years in Paris. In the 1990s, Robin
Hawdon’s English adaptation kept audiences howling
for six years in London. This is the play’s Oklahoma City premiere.
Theatre is the recipient of a project assistance grant from the Oklahoma Arts
Council for this production. Cast Sponsors are Steve and Maggie Dixon, Mr.
Chris Steves and Larry and Leah Westmoreland.
Carpenter Square is an Allied Arts member agency and this show is an Allied Arts
Star Card event.