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“Don’t Dress for Dinner” Is a Hilarious Sex Comedy

"Don't Dress for Dinner" opens Jan. 28th

"Don't Dress for Dinner" opens Jan. 28th

North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre will ring in the New Year with a community-theater production of Don’t Dress for Dinner, a hilarious 1991 sex comedy by Swiss-born French playwright Marc Camoletti (1923-2003), on Jan. 28-30 and Feb. 4-6 and 11-13 at NRACT, in the Greystone Village Shopping Center, in north Raleigh, NC. Originally entitled Pyjamas Pour Six and set in a remodeled French farmhouse a couple of hours from Paris, Don’t Dress for Dinner is a sequel to Camoletti’s comic masterpiece Boeing Boeing (1961).

According to NRACT, “[Our] 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?”

The NRACT production of Don’t Dress for Dinner also stars Andy Miller as Suzy’s husband George.

“This was a new show to me,” admits director Brian Lord. “I had never heard of it before, and was skeptical that it would resonate with the Raleigh audience. However, after reading and seeing how intelligent and quick-witted the show was, I knew I had to do it.”

Lord says what he likes best about Don’t Dress for Dinner are “the pace and multiple levels of humor.” He adds, “There is slapstick, subtle, and overt comedy — something for almost everyone. Of course, the nature of the comedy being about the human condition and love and sex doesn’t hurt either….

“Simply put,” Lord explains, “[Don’t Dress for Dinner] is a comedy about two people cheating on each other and involving other people in their attempts to do this and maintain their marriage — which oddly enough is important to them.”

In addition to director Brian Lord, who previously directed Steel Magnolias, Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Lion in Winter, and The Hobbit for North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, the NRACT creative team for Don’t Dress for Dinner includes producer Beth Brody; assistant director, properties manager, and stage manager Elizabeth Lord; technical director and set and lighting designer Stephanie Waaser; and costume designer Kelly Taylor.

Director Brian Lord notes, “The setting for the original play was in France during the 1960s, so one might think much of what is important to the show is dated. However, we realized that much of what they were speaking about in the play is very current and translated very well. The biggest difficulty with any comedy like this is timing and, thus, that is where we have spent a great deal of time.”

He adds, “This play is about sex, but has no sex in it. It is the sexual situations and seeing people trying to be their best but showing their worst and trying to make the best of a bad situation of their own making.”

North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre presents DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER at 8 p.m. Jan. 28 and 29, 3 p.m. Jan. 30, 8 p.m. Feb. 4 and 5, and 3 p.m. Feb. 6, 8 p.m. Feb. 11 and 12, and 3 p.m. Feb. 13 at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, in the Greystone Village Shopping Center, 7713-51 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh, North Carolina 27615.

TICKETS: $15 ($12 students and seniors 62+), except $5 Student Rush Tickets (available five minutes before curtain), $10 Sunday matinees, and $13 for adults and $10 for students and seniors for groups of 15 or more.

BOX OFFICE: 919/866-0228, info@nract.org, or https://www.vendini.com/.

SHOW: http://www.nract.org/2010/12/12/dress-dinner-2/.

PRESENTER/VENUE: http://nract.org/.

OTHER LINKS:

The Play: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don’t_Dress_for_Dinner (Wikipedia).

The Playwright: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Camoletti_(playwright) (Wikipedia), http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=7490 (Internet Broadway Database), and http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0131942/ (Internet Movie Database).

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