You’ve had a long week, family and friends pull you in different directions, you’ve got a big project at work, and your bills are past due. Sound familiar? When everyday life gets you down, when you can feel the stress and troubles seeping out of your pores, then its time to laugh. The best cure for stress is and always has been laughter – and lucky for you there is a hilarious and energetic farce playing up in Golden. This is the cure for what ails you.
Sometimes the best shows are the ones that allow you to just relax and laugh, no pretense of deeper meaning, just a hilariously good time. Don’t Dress for Dinner is a perfect example of this. Written by French Playwright Marc Camelotti and adapted by Robin Hawdon, Don’t Dress for Dinner is technically the sequel (or a follow-up of sorts) to Boing, Boing, another very successful French Farce. However, you do not have to have seen Boing, Boing to enjoy this production. The two plays stand well on their own.
As farce goes, there is a lot going on with this plot. This is the story of Bernard and his wife Jacqueline. Bernard was hoping that Jacqueline would be leaving town, allowing him to spend some time with his mistress Suzanne. However, Jacqueline cancels her trip and stays home. Enter Bernard’s close friend Robert and a hired cook named Suzette. Yes – Suzanne and Suzette. Of course mistaken identities follow, and a plot filled with lies, deceptions, and misunderstandings fill the stage.
Director Robert Kramer has assembled an all-star cast of Miners Alley favorites to bring the energy and hilarity to life. Christian Mast stars as Bernard, with only the enthusiasm and charm that Mast could bring. Haley Johnson takes on the role or Bernard’s wife Jacqueline, and once again Johnson shows just how versatile she is. Mast and Johnson work seamlessly together, keeping the energy up and the timing just right – allowing the audience to just sit back and laugh.
Michael Bouchard’s Robert is also simply delightful. Energetic and committed, he also has several moments to show off his excellent physical comedy skills. Missy Moore and Stacey Nelms take on the roles of Suzanne and Suzette – both are hysterical and charming, unafraid to enjoy the humor and just go along for the ride.
This is one of those productions that really has no deeper meaning and no reason to delve into anything more than that. Its simply a hysterically funny show put together by hysterically talented people. Once again Miners Alley proves that they can put together a hilarious evening that is absolutely worth the trip to Golden. Go. Laugh. Enjoy. It’s a delightfully good time.
Miners Alley Presents
Don’t Dress for Dinner
Jan 14 through Feb 27
Fri./Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 6 p.m. *( Sunday, Feb 27 at 2 p.m. only)
Miners Alley Playhouse
1224 Washington Avenue
(corner of 13th & Washington – 2nd floor)
Tickets: $19 – $26.50