ACT Theatre Reviews 2021-2022

DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER by Marc Camoletti Directed by Daniel Cope Droylsden Little Theatre Droylsden Little Theatre had the audience n fits of laughter with their latest production of “Don’t Dress for Dinner” “Don’t Dress for Dinner”, described as a delicious web of marital treachery with all the ingredients for a laughter-filled evening, certainly delivered. What a farce - there were mistaken identities - Suzannes for Suzettes, cooks, lovers, vodka (lots of it), French accents, nieces, and a very expensive coat. From the get-go the laughs come thick and fast. The play opens with Jaqueline preparing to leave her husband for the weekend to visit her mother. Bernard, her husband is trying to hurry her out of the house so he can prepare for the weekend “alone”. After learning her husband has arranged for a cook to provide food for the evening Jaqueline enquires who is coming over. Bernard informs her that his best friend Robert is on his way over. Upon learning this Jaqueline quickly cancels her plans to visit her mother. We learn that she has been having an affair with Robert for some time and she can’t wait to grab an opportunity to see her lover for the weekend. All this happens within the first 10 minutes of the show. With the addition of more characters and a web of lies and plot twists and turns “Don’t Dress for Dinner” is a feast and a joy to watch. Chris Sturmey and Lorraine Hall play the central couple, Bernard and Jacqueline. Chris was well cast as the philandering husband, creating scheme after scheme, while Lorraine plays the spurned woman to perfection. Some of the best comedic timing came from Claire White as Suzette, originally hired to cook for the party. She is persuaded to play a variety of roles to help cover Bernard and Robert’s tracks, and this she does while at the same time taking the opportunity to profit for her extra effort; she was a joy to watch.