• Farce

Don't Dress for Dinner

By Marc Camoletti, Adapted by Robin Hawdon. Directed by Wendy S. Moore

April 1 – April 29, 2017

Playing at: Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre- 417 W. Magnolia St.

"…two of the most rib-tickling hilarious hours I have spent in the theatre in some time. " - Chicago Style Magazine.

Mistresses, secret lovers and mistaken identities collide in this hilarious tale of dinner in the French country-side. A smash hit in London and Paris. Bring tissues – you’ll laugh so hard you’ll cry. Contains adult themes.

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The Story

Bernard is planning a romantic weekend at his charming converted French farmhouse with his side-dish, a Parisian model named Suzanne. The first order of business: get his wife, Jacqueline, on a train to see her mother! Second order of business: pick best friend Robert up from the train station because when you’re dating a model it’s hard to keep it a secret, so why bother… In an effort to impress his paramour, Bernard has hired a Cordon Bleu cook to prepare a flawless dinner. Of course, even the best laid plans often go awry. Which is what happens when Jacqueline decides to skip Mother’s house after all. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as each of the characters are forced to improvise at breakneck speed. Poor Bernard, however will he get himself out of this pickle?

"The labyrinthine twists and turns are liberally sprinkled with jokes, amiably roared to keep everyone giggling...It gives the whole cast the chance to enjoy themselves going over the top...." - Daily Telegraph

The Experience

Don’t Dress for Dinner is the perfect date night experience (just be sure not to invite both your spouse and lover!). Forget about your worries, leave your cares at the door, and sit back for an evening of romantic blunders and mistaken identity. This door-slamming farce was a smash hit in Paris, where it played for over two years, and in London, where it ran for six years. It has since played in theatres all over the USA and the English speaking world!

 

"I found myself having two of the most rib-tickling hilarious hours I have spent in the theatre in some time ... A text book example of how to create the perfect farce." - Chicago Style Magazine

"The good times are back .... A series of rib-rousing strokes. All night long. Better yet, you don’t have to suspend your intelligence...In a comedy of confusion that almost collapses under the weight of duplicity, mistaken identity, and extramarital affairs, but somehow stays in the air like a precarious but well-built souffle." - Chicago Tribune

"Hurtling along at the speed of light, this breathtaking farce is a near faultless piece of theatrical invention. Within seconds we are drawn into a delicious web of marital treachery which accelerates with classic symmetry to an all-star denouement." - The Guardian

The Creator

Marc Camoletti is truly an international sensation. His hit plays have been translated into over eighteen languages and have been performed in fifty-five countries. In Paris alone, eighteen of his plays have performed a total of 20,000 times. Additionally, there have been fourteen film and television adaptations of his plays. It is estimated that twenty million people have seen his plays live and five million people have seen a recorded version. Don’t miss this sensational author’s work!

Performance Schedule and Ticket Options

Legend:

  • Fab Friday
  • Matinee Performance
  • Pay What You Can
  • Performance
  • Student/Educator Night

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