Don't Dress for Dinner bewilders, entertains

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Published on March 19, 2014

Bernard (Paul Abela), right, asks a teensy tiny favour of his best friend, Robert (Mike Butler).

Published on March 19, 2014

Robert (Mike Butler) tries to prevent Bernard (Paul Abela) from moving forward with a plan that will surely land Robert in trouble with his mistress. 

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A blissfully ignorant Bernard (Paul Abela) sits his oldest friend, Robert (Mike Butler) down next to his wife Jacqueline (Linda Levy Fisk), who is acting surprisingly upset about the fact that Robert's mistress is on her way.

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Robert, who has been told his friend's mistress is a “knockout,” is initially taken aback when he meets Suzette (Jane Kerr). 

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A reluctant Robert (Mike Butler) gets very well acquainted with the woman he believes to be his fake mistress, Suzette (Jane Kerr). 

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Bernard's wife Jacqueline (Linda Levy Fisk) catches Robert (Mike Butler) and Suzette (Jane Kerr) at an awkward moment. 

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Suzette (Jane Kerr) enthusiastically embraces her new role in Bernard's master plan.

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Bernard (Paul Abela) introduces his mistress, Suzanne (Sonya Pineo), to Robert (Mike Butler).

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Bernard (Paul Abela) introduces his mistress, Suzanne (Sonya Pineo), to Robert (Mike Butler).

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A perturbed Robert (Mike Butler) endures a hug from Suzette (Jane Kerr) to keep Bernard (Paul Abela) happy. 

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Suzanne (Sonya Pineo) accidentally spills some drinks on Bernard (Paul Abela), who has asked her to pretend to be a hired cook for the weekend so his wife does not grow suspicious. 

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Bernard's wife Jacqueline (Linda Levy Fisk) cozies up to Robert (Mike Butler).

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The hired cook turned model-actress-mistress-niece Suzette (Jane Kerr) and Robert (Mike Butler) get a glimpse of the supper Suzanne (Sonya Pineo) has concocted as part of Bernard's master plan. 

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Bernard (Paul Abela) and Robert (Mike Butler) help the hired cook turned model-actress-mistress-niece Suzette (Jane Kerr) dress for dinner.

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An angered Suzanne (Sonya Pineo) marches out to announce that dinner is ready to be served. 

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Jacqueline (Linda Levy Fisk) realizes that an evening of drinking is starting to take its toll on Robert (Mike Butler) and Suzette (Jane Kerr).

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Bernard (Paul Abela) learns that Robert (Mike Butler) may be closer to Jacqueline (Linda Levy Fisk) than it appears. 

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George (Alan Tupper) asks Suzette (Jane Kerr) to explain the madness that ensued after he dropped her off at the country home Bernard shares with Jacqueline.

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Suzette (Jane Kerr), Suzanne (Sonya Pineo) and Jacqueline (Linda Levy Fisk) work together to prevent George (Alan Tupper) from harming Bernard and Robert.

There's still time to catch Quick As A Wink's latest play

Quick As A Wink's rendition of Marc Camoletti's Don't Dress for Dinner is a wildly funny example of how the best-laid plans often go awry.

The Broadway-style comedy, adapted by Robin Hawdon, centres around Bernard's (Paul Abela) attempt to have a romantic weekend with his new mistress in celebration of her birthday. The gourmet cook is hired, Bernard's wife, Jacqueline (Linda Levy Fisk), is expected to stay at her mother's for the weekend and his best friend, Robert (Mike Butler), has agreed to act as an alibi.

The plan looked good on paper, and even better on the stage as the weekend proves to be much more scandalous than even Bernard could fathom.

Before the cast took the stage for the not-for-profit Quick As A Wink Theatre Society's debut performance of the PG-13 Don't Dress For Dinner on March 14, director Junie Hutchinson warned the audience to not blink an eye as the “fast-paced” comedy unfolded.

She described it as a play “with more twists than a corkscrew.” And she wasn't kidding.

A synopsis printed in the brochure for the play says “The cook is Suzette, the mistress is Suzanne. Robert is bewildered. Jacqueline is suspicious. Bernard is losing his mind and trying to salvage a scrap of illicit bliss.”

Don't Dress for Dinner returns to the Fountain Performing Arts Centre at King's-Edgehill School March 21 at 7:30 p.m. and March 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets, available for purchase at Moe's Place Music Sales in Windsor and at the door, are $15 per adult, $12 per senior, student and Quick As A Wink member.

 

Organizations: Quick As A Wink Theatre Society, Fountain Performing Arts Centre, Moe's Place Music Sales King's-Edgehill School

Geographic location: Broadway, Windsor, King's-Edgehill School

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