Regional Reviews: Philadelphia
Also see Rebecca's review of Fun Home
All the action takes place in the cozy country home of Bernard and Jacqueline. Bernard is having his best friend Robert over for the weekend, but Jacqueline and Robert are planning a different sort of visit after hours. Meanwhile, Bernard is setting up a little tryst of his own with the lovely Suzanne. Suzette comes to cook dinner, but ends up right in the proverbial soup. From there the plot twists and turns until pretty much everyone is in hot water.
The ensemble is top notch and they share a remarkable sense of rhythm that makes the split-second timing consistently tight and effortless. Hired cook, turned girlfriend, turned niece (I told you things got complicated) Suzette is played with zeal by the scrumptious Lee Minora. Minora's over the top antics and ample charm are infectious. Meghan Jones' scenic design provides the perfect place for the lovers' seemingly endless antics, and Alison Roberts' lush costumes are simply delicious.
Don't Dress for Dinner is a lighthearted comic romp that will make you laugh out loud and forget about the national crisis du jour. There is nothing profound or especially original about the production at Lantern Theater Company, but that's not really the point. Sometimes a tasty little morsel of comedy is exactly what you need and for that, Don't Dress for Dinner is sure to satisfy.
Don't Dress for Dinner, through June 24, 2018, at Lantern Theater Company on 10th & Ludlow Streets, Philadelphia PA. For tickets visit www.lanterntheater.org or call 215-829-0395.