Tag: Marc Camoletti
Guess Who’s Dressing for Dinner at Apex’s Halle Center: Don’t Dress for Dinner Is a Feast of Laughs!
When was the last time you went to a play and laughed nonstop, even chuckling your way through intermission? If that’s what you want, come on down to the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex for Don’t Dress for Dinner. Adapted by Robin Hawdon and directed by Kathleen Rudolph, this production has been expertly cast; the pace is brisk; and the comic timing is impeccable.
Meet Bernard (played by Christopher Brown). He lives two hours outside of Paris. Jacqueline (Jenny Anglum) is Bernard’s wife. She is going to spend the weekend with her mother.
“Boeing-Boeing,” the inaugural production of Hot Summer Nights and its newly formed larger parent company, Theatre Raleigh, is a real humdinger, based on Beverley Cross and Francis Evans’ revised English-language script for the critically acclaimed 2008 Broadway revival of Marc Camoletti’s 1960 French sex farce, which is set during the Swinging Sixties in a plush bachelor pad near Paris-Orly Airport.
Hot Summer Nights and its new larger parent company, Theatre Raleigh, will kick off their ambitious 2012 season with a sizzling professional production of “Boeing-Boeing,” Beverley Cross’ English adaptation of a classic French farce by Marc Camoletti (1923-2003), on June 13-17 and 20-24 in the K.D. & Sara Lynn Kennedy Theatre in back of the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC. “Boeing-Boeing” debuted in Paris on Dec. 10, 1960; and Beverley Cross’ English adaptation premiered in London in 1962 and then ran for seven years in the West End.
North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre’s community-theater production of “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” French playwright Marc Camoletti’s knee-slapping 1991 sequel to “Boeing Boeing” (1961), is surprisingly strong, because director Brian Lord has successfully transposed this bedroom farce from a remodeled French farmhouse, a couple of hours from the French capital of Paris, to a renovated barn near Asheville, several hours west of the North Carolina state capital of Raleigh.
NRACT’s unique vision transports this classic story to a converted farmhouse in Asheville, NC. Bernard [Tom Barbieri] hopes to entertain his chic mistress, Suzy [Sharon Galluzo], for the weekend. He has arranged for a chef [Mary Beth Hoots as Suzette] to provide the gourmet delights; is in the process of packing his wife, Jacqueline [Lisa Binion], off to her mother; and has even invited along his best friend Robert [Ryan Ladue] as a suitable alibi. It’s foolproof! What could possibly go wrong?