Durban theatre picks: February 3 2012

Don’t Dress for Dinner is the snappy new slice of stage action from award-winning Durban theatre company KickstArt.

The fast-paced comedy farce about adultery and gourmet cooking is set in a stylish private game lodge somewhere near the Kruger National Park, where Bernie is hoping to entertain his chic Johannesburg celebrity mistress, Suzy, for the weekend. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to furnish gourmet delights, is in the process of packing off his wife, Jackie, to her mother’s for the weekend and has even invited along his best friend, Rob, as a suitable alibi. It is foolproof.

What could possibly go wrong? Everything, of course, which provides the perfect recipe for an evening of hilarious confusion as Bernie and Robbie try to escape the ire of the ladies by improvising at breakneck speed. The production stars Tim Wells, Bryan Hiles, Clare Mortimer, Jailoshini Naidoo, Janna Ramos-Violante and Nhlakanipho Manqele. Don’t Dress for Dinner is directed by Steven Stead, designed by Greg King and features lighting by Tina le Roux.

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, from 9 to 26 February. Shows take place from Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm and at 5pm on Sundays and there are matinee performances at 2.30pm on Saturdays. Tickets are R100 at Computicket.

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