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‘Don’t Get dressed for Dinner’ delivers a complete plate of snickers at Windfall Avid gamers


It can pay to inform the reality, however deception regulations within the Windfall Avid gamers manufacturing of Marc Camoletti’s Don’t Get dressed for Dinner. Co-directors Beth Gilles-Whitehead and David Whitehead have staged an lively display that assists in keeping smiles, giggles, and laughter flowing right through.

Center-aged and married, Bernard prepares for a romantic weekend together with his elegant mistress in his comfy farmhouse. He’s employed a chef to arrange a connoisseur meal, and he’s invited his closest good friend, Robert. When Robert arrives, he’s at a loss for words as to why Bernard prolonged the invitation, and Jacqueline and Robert are published to be secretly in love.

Bruce Alan Rauscher as Robert and David Wright as Bernard in ‘Don’t Get dressed for Dinner.’ Picture via Matthew Randall.

Chaos ensues when it seems Jacqueline received’t be leaving for the weekend, and the mistress presentations up and should faux to be the cook dinner, and the cook dinner has to faux to be Robert’s lover. The alibis, decoy relationships, and outright fibs pile up like a shaky space of playing cards. One persona exclaims, “I’ve forgotten what number of fans there are!”

Helen Hayes–nominated Bruce Alan Rauscher used each appearing software in his portrayal of Robert. A lot of his bodily comedy got here from his face, and his verbal comedian timing used to be professional. I beloved the staccato paraverbals that he added to his strains. His persona ceaselessly needed to both summarize the goings on or get a hold of a handy guide a rough alibi. Rauscher performed a not easy position.

As Bernard, David Wright, writer of the Ultimate Ham Status improv troupe, rode a comedic seesaw with Rauscher; their bickering scenes made them a super comedy duo. Wright additionally had many humorous scenes with Jayne L. Victor, who performed his spouse, Jacqueline. I favored the acidity Victor hissed into her strains when she suspiciously drilled Bernard on what used to be truly occurring.

Excellent-natured however a little bit mercenary is how I’d describe Suzette, the cook dinner, performed via Keely Sullivan den Bergh (the understudy is Eileen Copas). Suzette many times hit Bernard and Robert up for money for each and every outlandish ruse they got here up with.

Romantic farces generally have mistresses, and Ann Brodnax performed the a part of Suzanne smartly. (There used to be a lot taking part in with the similarity of the names Suzette and Suzanne.) Lots of the jokes had been at her expense—a cook dinner she used to be now not.

Gene Downing, a spoken phrase artist, performed George, Suzette’s jealous husband. It kind of feels as even though each farce like this comes to folks operating round, hiding at the back of, or falling on couches, and Downing had a scene involving a few of that.

Clockwise from best left: Keely Sullivan den Bergh as Suzette and Bruce Alan Rauscher as Robert; Bruce Alan Rauscher as Robert, Gene Downing as George, and David Wright as Bernard; Ann Brodnax as Suzanne, Jayne L. Victor as Jacqueline, David Wright as Bernard and Bruce Alan Rauscher as Robert in ‘Don’t Get dressed for Dinner.’ Pictures via Matthew Randall.

Tune Clothier John Smith had an excellent string of theme-appropriate songs that he performed all the way through, prior to, and after the display—songs like “Again Stabbers” via The O’Jays, “Rumor Has It” via Adele, and “Me and Mrs. Jones” via Billy Paul.

Dress Clothier Jenny Libster labored time beyond regulation on account of the selection of occasions a personality both were given showered with water or needed to think an identification within the display. Her possible choices accentuated the characters; she dressed Robert, a middle-aged accountant, staidly, however she dressed Suzanne and Suzette flashily.

Ingrid and Patrick David designed and built a suite that did what it had to; it used to be spectacular with out overshadowing the performers. It additionally left them quite a few area to devour.

Don’t Get dressed for Dinner will gnaw to your humorous bone. This can be a deliciously humorous display that you just must devour forthwith!

Working Time: Roughly two hours, with a 15-minute intermission.

Don’t Get dressed for Dinner performs thru June 24, 2023, introduced via Windfall Avid gamers of Fairfax, acting on the James Lee Group Middle Theater at 2855 Annandale Street, Falls Church, VA. Tickets price $21, with a $3 bargain for seniors and scholars, and are available to buy on-line, via e mail (tickets@providenceplayers.org), via calling (703) 425-6782, or in individual on the field workplace beginning half-hour previous to the display.

COVID Protection: Mask are now not required. For entire protocols, take a look at on-line.

Don’t Get dressed for Dinner
By way of Marc Camoletti

Forged
Bernard: David Wright
Jacqueline: Jayne L. Victor
Robert: Bruce Alan Rauscher
Suzanne: Ann Brodnax
Suzette: Keely Sullivan den Bergh (Eileen Copas understudy)
George: Gene Downing

Manufacturing Group
Co-Administrators: Beth Gilles-Whitehead, David Whitehead
Set Design: Ingrid David, Patrick David
Dress Design: Jenny Libster
Tune: John Smith
Houses: Michael Donahue, Robbie Snow, Beth Gilles-Whitehead
Hair and Make-up: Robbie Snow

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