A Rollicking Romp at the TI Playhouse with “Don’t Dress for Dinner”

by Lorraine Payette, written July 26, 2015

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Show Pictures by the Thousand Islands Playhouse

(Gananoque, ON) The Thousand Islands Playhouse has a new hit on its hands in the three theatre cooperative production of “Don’t Dress for Dinner” by Marc Camoletti. The Playhouse’s own little three-way in cooperation with the Gateway Theatre of Richmond, BC, and Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops had audiences laughing out loud as our favourite philanderers were up and at it once again.

More of a sequel than a spin-off, our friend Bernard (Todd Thomson) is now married to the glamorous Jacqueline (Alison Deon), but this doesn’t mean he’s given anything up. When his wife plans to visit her mother for the weekend, he decides to bring his best friend Robert (Kirk Smith) to act as a live-in smoke screen while he romances his sexy Parisian mistress, Suzanne (Krista Colosimo). But, Jacqueline discovers that Robert will be there, so she postpones her weekend away in order to spend some hot and heavy time with HER lover…

And that’s just the beginning. If that’s not enough, bring in the more-than-she seems cook/caterer Suzette (Tess Degenstein) and her husband George (Beau Dixon), and you’re off for a zany ride through a not-so-quiet evening at home in the 1960s.

Kirk Smith is a master of physical comedy, and lives up to this all the way through. The surprise, however, is in an astounding and unexpected performance by Tess Degenstein, who proves she can do just about anything if you give her the chance.

“The cook is a wonderful surprise,” said Lois Creed, 90, of Dexter, NY. “She is completely fresh and unexpected. This is a very funny play. I would recommend it for adults anywhere.”

“Don’t Dress for Dinner” runs from July 24 – August 22, 2015, at the Springer Theatre, 690 Charles Street South in Gananoque, Ontario. Running time for the play is 2 hours, 10 minutes including intermission. Show times are Tuesday through Saturday 8:00 pm, with matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm (starting the Wednesday after opening night). Tickets are $32 for adults, $30 for seniors age 65+, $16 for students, with a half price preview on July 24. HST is applicable to all ticket prices. Group tickets are available at $26 – $28 each. The Fish Fry Fundraiser is separate and is not required for attending the play. This show is recommended for people of all ages. For more information, please go to http://www.1000islandsplayhouse.com or contact the box office at 613-382-7020.

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