Guests at Weathervane's 'Dinner' guaranteed to laugh

by April Helms Special Products Editor Published:

Anyone looking for an evening of laughs should consider "Don't Dress for Dinner" by Marc Camoletti (translated by Robin Hawdon) onstage at Weathervane Playhouse.

The May 3 audience laughed nearly nonstop as the talented cast brought out every bit of humor in this fast-paced comedy.

In the show, Bernard (played by Richard Worswick) has everything all set-up for a weekend rendezvous with his lover Suzanne (played by Hudson resident Dede Klein). The house is ready, his alibi is set, his wife Jacqueline (played by Bernadette Hisey) is supposed to be visiting her mother and he's even hired a cordon bleu chef to prepare dinner.

Of course, everything starts to fall apart for Bernard in short order. One, his best friend Robert (played by Scott K. Davis), who is part of Bernard's alibi, is reluctant to go along with the plan. Complicating things is that Jacqueline, who has been having her own fling with Robert, now will not leave the house. Of course, no farce is complete without mistaken identities, which happens when Robert mistakes the chef Suzette (played by Ashley Bossard) for Suzanne (who knows nothing about cooking). Suzette finds herself in the midst of a tangled web of intrigue -- and takes full advantage of it until her jealous husband George (played by Mitch Manthey) arrives.

Especially noteworthy are Robert's reactions as the weekend plans devolve into chaos, and George's entrance.

Ticket and show information

"Don't Dress for Dinner" runs through May 18.

Performance days and times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $21 each,with $19 tickets for seniors are available for Thursday and Sunday performances. Tickets for children (ages 17 or younger) and college students are $5 each at all performances. Additional discounts for groups of 10 or larger are also available.

The Weathervane Playhouse box office is open Mondays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and is also open beginning one hour before each performance. For tickets, visit or call the Weathervane box office at 330-836-2626 or visit www.weathervaneplayhouse.com online.

Weathervane Playhouse is at 1301 Weathervane Lane in Akron.

Next on stage

Weathervane Playhouse will conclude its 2013-14 season with the musical "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" June 5 through 29. The theater also will stage "Mystery of the Gold Doubloons" as part of its Young Actor Series through May 16.

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