Apple Hill Players planning risque, romantic romp on Trafford stage

“Don’t Gown for Dinner” is an advanced play, however the Apple Hill Gamers don’t need audiences to assume too deeply about it.

The theater troupe will stage the madcap farce, replete with romantic hi-jinks and mistaken identities, from April 22-30 within the Trafford Performing Arts Heart.

“I feel audiences have a lot on their minds proper now and there may be a lot happening on this planet, they merely wish to come be entertained with out having to consider issues for some time,” stated director Pam Farneth of New Kensington. “They wish to simply chuckle with out analyzing all of the ins and outs of the present.

“I feel a farce does that.”

“Don’t Gown for Dinner” is tailored from “Pyjama Pour Six,” a two-act play by French playwright Marc Camoletti, who additionally wrote the Tony Award-winning farce, “Boeing-Boeing.” It had a quick Broadway run in 2012.

The plot line finds Bernard planning a romantic nation weekend along with his stylish Parisian mistress whereas his spouse, Jacqueline, is away. He arranges for a chef to arrange gourmand meals and invitations his greatest good friend, Robert, alongside to offer an alibi.

However Jacqueline and Robert have secrets and techniques of their very own, and the chef will get caught in the midst of the subterfuge.


Courtesy of Pam Farneth

Becky Hukill as Jaqueline and Michael Byrne as Robert rehearse for the Apple Hill Gamers’ manufacturing of “Don’t Gown for Dinner.”


“I feel each farce has mistaken identities, mistresses, sudden company, and every little thing isn’t actually what it appears,” Farneth stated. “Farce is written in order that audiences don’t actually assume an excessive amount of about immoral or ethical, as a result of every little thing is going on so quick, there’s a lot mistaken identification and sudden company that the viewers member is simply laughing out loud by way of all of it.

“In the long run, typically talking, with most farce — this one included — issues prove the best way they’re speculated to prove. Everyone is often pleased ultimately,” she stated.

Nice chemistry

Justin Mohr performs Bernard and Michael Byrne is Robert.

“These two males have nice chemistry collectively,” stated Farneth, noting that the pair have acted collectively in different productions. “They belief one another on stage, and the bantering and facial expressions between the 2 of them are hilarious.”

Becky Hukill performs Jacqueline. Elisabeth Firment Brendlinger performs the mistress, Suzanne. Kaitlin Marie Cliber performs Suzette the chef, and Matt Mlynarski performs George, her husband.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with all of them,” Farneth stated. “After we are rehearsing, we’re at all times cracking one another up, as a result of they’re simply so humorous on stage.”

Stage supervisor is Rebekah Little.

Whereas farce is nice enjoyable, Farneth stated, it’s additionally difficult for a director.

“Individuals assume dramas are troublesome however, with a farce, comedian timing is every little thing,” she stated. “ that outdated saying, ‘go huge or go house’ — that’s precisely what it’s a must to do when presenting a farce.

“The actor is performing excessive, and he takes the viewers proper together with him for the experience,” she stated. “Timing, timing, timing is the most important problem; so we work on supply and the timing, after which do it once more.”

“Don’t Gown for Dinner” is Farneth’s sixth foray into directing, her second time with a farce. She’s often on stage as an actor.

“I contemplate myself the queen of farce. I really like the problem of comedian timing and enjoying to the viewers,” she stated, noting {that a} director as soon as likened her to Lucille Ball. “I believed that was one of many biggest compliments anybody has ever stated about me.

“Anybody that is aware of me is aware of I put my full coronary heart and soul into every little thing I do on and off the stage.”

Curtain time for “Don’t Gown for Dinner” can be 7:30 p.m. April 22-23 and 28-30 and a pair of p.m. April 24 on the theater, 235 Cavitt Ave. Tickets are $20, or $15 for the April 24 efficiency.

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Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Overview workers author. You may contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or through Twitter .

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