Theatre Review: Don’t Dress For Dinner

What happens when a husband and wife decide to have a nice romantic evening, but not with each other? Find out in Adelaide Rep’s hilarious farce, ‘Don’t Dress For Dinner’

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Presented by Adelaide Repertory Theatre (aka ‘The Rep’)
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Where would French or English farce be without extra-marital affairs? For a start, there wouldn’t be Marc Camoletti’s little gem, Don’t Dress For Dinner. His funny plot involves a husband and wife, both having (or wanting to have) dalliances on the side – she with her husband’s best friend; he with a high maintenance model – and a cook, with a name similar to the model, for the necessary confusion that needs to occur in any good farce. Get the picture? The Adelaide Rep certainly have thanks to the skilfull talents of director Norm Caddick and his cast, all placed on a nicely detailed set by Lisa Kennewell.

Caddick certainly knows how to maintain the pace of a show and keep the audience interested every single second. And this production is no let down! He deftly makes sure that his cast deliver each and every gag perfectly (and there are many of them).

Peter Davies and Tim Taylor are fantastic as the two male leads. Davies manages to mix suaveness with worry extremely well, whilst Taylor plays the dupe wonderfully.

Georgia Stockham is perfect as the wannabe adulteress wife; with Rose Vallen an absolute delight as the cook come ‘mistress’ come ‘niece’ having the time of her life with the zaniness and making sure the audience does as well. All four are absolutely spot-on in their timing when it comes to making us laugh.

This production of Don’t Dress For Dinner, is a damn good laugh and perfect to end the year with. Don’t bother to dress up, just go and enjoy yet another great Adelaide Rep production.

Review by Brian Godfrey
Twitter: @briangods

Venue: Arts Theatre
Season: 17 – 26 November 2016
Duration: 2 hours 30 mins (including a 20 min interval)
Tickets: $17 – $22
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