Those who saw Western Canada Theatre’s production of Boeing Boeing back in 2013 will be delighted to know that the theatre company is now showing its sequel, “Don’t Dress For Dinner,” at the Sagebrush Theatre from now through Oct. 17.
Regardless of its status as a sequel, don’t assume you had to have seen the first show to be able to enjoy this one. Although it makes use of many of the same characters, Don’t Dress For Dinner has a madcap new plot that will be enjoyed by all audience members.
Typical of classic farce, Don’t Dress For Dinner has tons of zany twists and turns revolving around multiple love triangles (a love hexagon?) It is obvious the actors know the script inside and out, as they are able to turn the dinner into a real affair that has audience members laughing the whole way through. The play is rife with dramatic irony, so even though it has a terribly twisted storyline, it is not difficult to follow. This is aided by the actors’ amazing ability to play off each other’s words and actions with well-executed banter.
Also typical of farce is physical comedy, of which Don’t Dress For Dinner has no shortage. Actors make use of the entire multi-leveled stage and interact with furniture, props, costumes and each other in unusual and entertaining ways. It is obvious to see they are working hard and putting their all into the performance by the beads of sweat rolling down their faces obvious even to those seated far back into the audience.
By the end of the play, all of the confusion is more or less worked out, albeit in a bit of an unconventional way. But with a show as crazy as Don’t Dress For Dinner, who could expect anything else?
Student tickets for this show cost $19 and can be purchased online at kamloopslive.ca or at the Kamloops Live! Box Office located in the Pavilion Theatre on Lorne Street.