Don’t Dress For Dinner

Don't Dress For Dinner

A Saucy Farce

July 24 - August 22, 2015
Springer Theatre

“Well, this is a very delicate situation…”




Produced in Association with Gateway Theatre, Richmond, BC and Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops, BC
By Marc Camoletti
Adapted by Robin Hawdon

  • We’re serving up a generous portion of madcap comedy in DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER, the lightning-speed scrumptious sequel to BOEING BOEING.

    Using best friend Robert as an alibi, Bernard plans a perfect romantic weekend with his Parisian mistress while his wife is out of town. But when she hears that Robert is visiting, Bernard's wife starts making plans for a saucy liaison of her own. A cook named Suzette, a lover named Suzanne and more twists than a corkscrew, this salacious sequel of silly suspicion guarantees a good time! Bon appétit!

    "Two of the most rib-tickling hilarious hours I have spent in the theatre...the perfect farce."
    - Chicago Style Magazine

    "Pile on the comic chaos!"
    - Variety

    "Gut-busting! Hilarious!"
    - Entertainment Weekly

    "A near faultless piece of theatrical invention."
    - The Guardian

    Opening Night Fish Fry Fundraiser

    Saturday July 25, 2015. 5:30pm

    Enjoy fresh fish, fries and a selection of salads. Then, try your luck at Crown and Anchor and check out the silent auction. All while enjoying live music on the Springer Theatre decks!

    Click here for more details.

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    Playing at the Springer Theatre
    from July 24 - August 22, 2015

    Tuesday to Saturday. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8pm
    Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday. . . . . . . . . . . 2:30pm
    (No Saturday matinee on opening day of shows)

    Running Time: approximately 2 hours, 10 minutes including intermission

  • Cast

    Suzanne: Krista Colosimo
    Suzette: Tess Degenstein
    Jacqueline: Alison Deon
    George: Beau Dixon
    Robert: Kirk Smith
    Bernard: Todd Thomson


    Director: Ashlie Corcoran
    Associate Director: Heather Cant
    Set Designer: Jung-Hye Kim
    Costume Designer: Cindy Wiebe
    Sound Designer: Doug Perry
    Lighting Designer: Oz Weaver
    Fight Director: Jonathan Purvis
    Stage Manager: Nicola Benidickson
    Assistant Stage Manager: Kate Porter
    Dramaturg: Emily Burns

    NICOLA BENIDICKSON (Stage Manager)
    For the PlayhouseBoeing Boeing, Waiting for the Parade.
    Elsewhere: As Stage Manager: Waiting for the Parade, Harvest (Western Canada Theatre); The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Factory Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, Abyss, This Is War, Leporello in Gehenna (Workshop), Decalogue Two: Name In Vain (Tarragon Theatre); The Lesson, Aurash (Modern Times Theatre Company); Binti’s Journey (Theatre Direct); The Skin of our Teeth, Hated Nightfall (George Brown Theatre School). As Assistant Stage Manager: Tribes (Theatrefront/Canadian Stage/Theatre Aquarius); Ubuntu: The Cape Town Project (Theatrefront/Western Canada Theatre/Tarragon); The Mill: Parts 1-4 (Theatrefront); Sanctuary Song (Tapestry New Opera/Theatre Direct); How it Works, Democracy, Molière, House of Many Tongues (Tarragon Theatre). 
    Upcoming: Mustard (Tarragon Theatre).

    EMILY BURNS (Dramaturg)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: Much Ado About Nothing (US Tour); The Other Line (ADC Theatre); Three Sisters (ADC Theatre); Esio Trot (Assembly Theatres); The Last Post (St Giles).
    Upcoming: RWR (Theatre 503); Denim (Arts Theatre).


    HEATHER CANT (Associate Director)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: Director: The Last of the Dragons (Project X Theatre); Penned (Burnt Candle Productions); Masterpiece Theatre: Redux (Western Canada Theatre); Simple Machines (Upintheair). Assistant Director: Peter and the Starcatcher, Educating Rita, A Christmas Story, Noises Off, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Wit (Western Canada Theatre); The Rocky Horror Show, Twelfth Night (Project X Theatre); Alan and the Unbearable Lightness of Quarks (Upintheair).
    Upcoming: Director: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (Project X Theatre).
    Other: Heather is also an experienced actor and producer. She is the Associate Artistic Director of Western Canada Theatre, and the Co-Artistic Producer of Project X Theatre.

    For the Playhouse: Boeing Boeing.
    Elsewhere: Boeing Boeing (WCT); The Seagull (The Segal Centre); Seven Seasons with the Shaw Festival, selected credits include: Misalliance, His Girl Friday, When the Rain Stops Falling, Candida, The Doctors Dilemma,The Entertainer; Ivor Johnson’s Neighbours (Theatre North West); The Penelopiad (Nightwood Theatre 4x4 Directors Lab).
    Other: Graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada.


    ASHLIE CORCORAN (Director)
    For the Playhouse: Artistic Director since November 1, 2012.  Director for: The Pirates of Penzance, The Ugly One, Waiting for the Parade, She Loves Me, Driving Miss Daisy, Salt-Water Moon, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Third Floor.
    Elsewhere:  As Director: The Gay Heritage Project (Buddies in Bad Times); The Ugly One (Theatre Smash/Tarragon Theatre); The Magic Flute (Opera Philadelphia); Don Giovanni, Le Lauréat, Three Sisters Who are Not Sisters (The Glenn Gould School, RCM); The Brothers Grimm, Isis and The Seven Scorpions, Cinderella, The Bear (Canadian Opera Company); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Western Canada Theatre). As Artistic Producer & Director: Tiny Dynamite, Tijuana Cure, A Boy Called Newfoundland, The Ugly One (Theatre Smash) and Durango (Theatre Smash and fu-GEN Theatre).
    Upcoming: Bed and Breakfast, Dear Johnny Deere (TIP); The Bremen Town Musicians, Operation Superpower (COC); The Gay Heritage Project (Buddies in Bad Times and National Tour); Mustard (Tarragon Theatre); Das Ding (The Thing) (Theatre Smash/Canadian Stage).

    For the Playhouse: The Importance of Being Earnest, Boeing Boeing.
    Elsewhere: Trout Stanley (The Storefront Theatre); The 39 Steps (WCT); Boeing Boeing, Time Stands Still (Theatre Aquarius); The Wizard of Oz, The Alice Nocturne (The Globe Theatre); Mary’s Wedding (Golden Apple Theatre); Sylvia (Mayfield); Death of a Salesman, As You Like It (Citadel Theatre); An Almost Perfect Thing (Workshop West, Sterling Nomination); three seasons with the FreeWill Players; Murdoch Mysteries (CBC Television); and the award-winning webseries Space Janitors.
    Other: Tess also performs regularly with a variety of improv companies – most notably Bad Dog Theatre - and she has guested with various troupes around the world – recently in London, Berlin, Oslo, and Vienna. 


    ALISON DEON (Jacqueline)
    For the Playhouse: The Importance of Being Earnest, Boeing Boeing, Somewhere Beyond The Sea.
    Elsewhere: Favourite theatre credits include: The Railway Children (Mirvish); The Little Years, The 39 Steps (Magnus); The Dining Room (Down&Out); Romeo & Juliet, The Secret Garden (Resurgence); The Shape of a Girl (First Light); Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Touchmark); The Miser (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, London Assurance (Stratford).

    Other:  Alison also works as a dialect coach and is a Teaching Artist for the Stratford Festival and Shakespeare in Action.

    BEAU DIXON (George)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.

    Selected credits include: Farewell, My Lovely (Vertigo Theatre/Arts Club Theatre); Motherf@#!er With The Hat (Alberta Theatre Projects); As You Like It/Titus Andronicus (Canstage/Shakespeare In High Park); Othello (Mysterious Entity); The Real McCoy (4th Line Theatre); Next To Normal (Tarragon).

    Other: Beau is also a Dora-nominated music composer and playwright. Selected writing credits include Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story at Lunchbox Theatre/Festival Playhouse (Dora Awards for Best New Play and Best Individual Performance, nominated for Best Touring Play and Best Director – Linda Kash; Calgary Critic Award for Best Solo Performance and nominated for Best Touring Play; Betty Mitchell Award nomination for Best Male Performance); From Here To Africville, Once A Flame (Factory Theatre); Other People’s Heaven, Freedom Bells (Heritage Pavilion Stage). Apprentice Music Director for Dora Award-winning Caroline, Or Change (Acting Up Stage/Obsidian Theatre); Ragtime, Trouble In Tahiti (Shaw Festival). Beau is a self-taught actor and was inducted into Peterborough’s Pathway of Fame for his leadership in the arts. He has also three recorded solo albums under his name.

    JUNG-HYE KIM (Set Designer)
    For the Playhouse: Driving Miss Daisy, Third Floor.

    Small Axe (The Theatre Centre and Project Humanity); Minotaur (YPT); Pacamambo (Canadian Rep Theatre); Passion Play (Outside the March, Convergence Theatre and Sheep no Wool Production); The Biographer (Tango Co); Boblo (Kitchenband Production and the Theatre Centre, Dora nomination for Outstanding Set Design); Hiding Words (Eventual Ashes); Known to Police (Nomanzland with YPT), The Great Mountain (Red Sky Performance with YPT); The Washing Machine (Next Stage Festival 2012); Pub Opera (Tapestry New Opera); After Akmatova (Tarragon Theatre); Montparnasse (Theatre Passe Muraille and Groundwater Theatre, Dora nomination for Outstanding Costume Design); The Middle Place (Canstage, Project Humanity, Belfry Theatre, GCTC); The Big League (Young People’s Theatre); The Great Mountain (Red Sky Performance); Offensive Foul (Theatre Direct, Dora nomination for outstanding TYA production).
    Other: 2006 Siminovitch Prize Honorable mention for a New Young Designer.



    DOUG PERRY (Sound Designer)
    For the Playhouse: Boeing Boeing, Waiting for the Parade.
    Elsewhere : Doug Has been part of many Western Canada Theatre productions over the last 20 plus years including Heat Wave, Little Shop of Horrors, The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon, Seussical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, My Fair Lady,  A A Christmas Carol, Joseph and the Amazing  Technicolor Dreamcoat, Boeing Boeing, Waiting for the Parade and many more.
    Other: This is my third  production for the Thousand Islands Playhouse and I am so happy to be here for this fun production.

    KATE PORTER (Assistant Stage Manager)
    For the Playhouse: The Pirates of Penzance, The Importance of Being Earnest, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Drowsy Chaperone, Les Misérables, The Red Priest and, as ASM, Anne & Gilbert.
    Elsewhere: Carmen (Vancouver Opera); The Dining Room  (Soulpepper); Sextet, The Amorous Adventures of Anatol (Tarragon Theatre); The God That Comes (2b Theatre Company); Tribes (Theatrefront / Canadian Stage); Don Giovanni (Royal Conservatory of Music); The Secret Garden (Banff Centre for the Arts); Ubuntu (The Cape Town Project)(Theatrefront / Tarragon Theatre / Western Canada Theatre); Noises Off (Western Canada Theatre).
    Upcoming: Rigoletto (Vancouver Opera); Wormwood (Tarragon Theatre).

    JONATHAN PURVIS (Fight Director)
    For the Playhouse: The Pirates of Penzance, Little Shop of Horrors.
    Elsewhere: Romeo & Juliet (Citadel Theatre); I Am For You (Concrete Theatre); Singin’ in the Rain (Chemainus Theatre); Spamalot (Citadel); The Penelopiad (Citadel); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Citadel); Beauty and the Beast (Sudbury Theatre Centre); The Three Musketeers (Citadel); Little Women: The Musical (Citadel); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Calgary Shakespeare Company); Dying City, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Theatre Calgary); The Forbidden Phoenix (Citadel, YPT, & MTYP); Beauty and the Beast: The Musical (Theatre Calgary & Citadel); Almost Maine. Jonathan is the co-founder of the web series Action Playground (
    Upcoming: Romeo & Juliet/Comedy of Errors (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); Evangeline (Charlottetown & Citadel); West Side Story (Citadel).
    Other: Jonathan would like to thank his family and his wife for their endless love and support.

    KIRK SMITH (Robert)
    For the Playhouse: The Importance of Being Earnest; Boeing Boeing.
    Elsewhere: A Twisted Christmas Carol, History Boys (Arts Club); Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Dancing Monkey Presents); The 39 Steps, Les Misérables, Noises Off, Fiddler on the Roof, Seussical, A Christmas Carol, Wit (Western Canada Theatre); The Rocky Horror Show, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Twelfth Night, Compleat Wrks..., Romeo and Juliet, James and the Giant Peach (Project X); Leading Ladies, The Importance of Being Earnest, Little Shop of Horrors (Persephone Theatre); Home Ice (Theatre North West); A Shayna Maidel (Chemainus Theatre Festival); Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (Relephant Theatre).
    Upcoming: Don’t Dress For Dinner (Western Canada Theatre and Gateway Theatre).
    Other: Kirk is grateful for the unique opportunity of coming back to Gananoque, working with some of the same people three years in a row and feeling like part of a family here. Kirk really enjoyed doing a lot of standing and talking in The Importance of Being Earnest last year, but now it’s time to do a lot of sweating and falling down, and that’s going to be a lot of fun. 

    TODD THOMSON (Bernard)
    For the Playhouse: Debut.
    Elsewhere: The Tempest, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, King John, As You Like It, Macbeth (Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival); The Last Days of Judas Escariot (Pound of Flesh Theatre); Gordon, The School for Scandal (Arts Club Theatre); THIS (Vancouver Playhouse); The Patient Hour (Tarragon Theatre); A Doll’s House (Chemainus Theatre); Espresso (Pacific Theatre); The Shape of Things (Manitoba Theatre Centre); Kilt (Belfry Theatre).

    OZ WEAVER (Lighting Designer)
    For the PlayhouseThe Importance of Being Earnest.
    Elsewhere: Lungs,Soliciting Temptation (Tarragon Theatre, Co-LD w/ Kim Purtell);  Passage, Idiom (Kemi Contemporary Dance Projects - Canadian Tour); Tale of a Tshirt (FIXT POINT); Open Art Surgery (Harbourfront Centre); In Pace Requiescat (OperaFive); Fall 2013 Season (ProArteDanza); The Whole Shebang (Dreamwalker Dance Company); Don Giovanni (Royal Conservatory of Music, Co-LD w/ Kim Purtell).
    Upcoming: Point Zero, Taxi (Kaeja d’Dance - Enwave Theatre, Toronto); This is a Costume Drama (The Dietrich Group - Fleck Theatre, Toronto).
    Other: Oz is a Toronto based lighting designer, production manager and producer who has helped create over 50 shows. He has been nominated for a Brickenden award, and has won two Dish Awards for his designs of Into the Woods and Phantom of The Opera. He is currently also the Executive Director & Producer for The Dietrich Group with Artistic Direction by D.A. Hoskins.

    CINDY WIEBE (Costume Designer)
    For the Playhouse: Closer Than Ever.
    Elsewhere: Bird Brain (WCT co-production with Thompson Rivers University Actors Workshop Theatre); Are We Cool Now?, Dreary and Izzy, A Christmas Story, Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Betrayal, A Christmas Carol (Western Canada Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Elizabeth Rex, The Tempest (Project X).
    Upcoming: Miss Caledonia (WCT).
    Other: As well as designing, Cindy has been the Head of Wardrobe for Western Canada Theatre since 2003.

  • DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER at the Thousand Islands Playhouse
    Photos by Mark Bergin, 2015

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    Ashlie's Inside Story

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    Message from Alison, Krista and Tess

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    A Rollicking Romp at the TI Playhouse with “Don’t Dress for Dinner”
    A Fresh News Start, Lorraine Payette, Sunday, July 26, 2015

    The Thousand Islands Playhouse has a new hit on its hands in the three theatre cooperative production of “Don’t Dress for Dinner” by Marc Camoletti. The Playhouse’s own little three-way in cooperation with the Gateway Theatre of Richmond, BC, and Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops had audiences laughing out loud as our favourite philanderers were up and at it once again. <Read More

    Good Scandalous Fun at the 1000 Islands Playhouse
    Theatre is the Voice, Alicia Jessup, Monday, July 27, 2015 

    Saturday hosted the opening of Don’t Dress for Dinner at the 1000 Islands Playhouse – a rambunctious comedy full of intrigue and good scandalous fun... <Read More

    Don't Dress for Dinner fun, farcical and fluffy 
    Kingston Whig-Standard, Peter Hendra, 

    The latest offering from the Thousand Islands Playhouse, the farce Don’t Dress for Dinner, is delectable fare for a summer night. The play is the sequel to Boeing Boeing, which was successfully staged by the Playhouse two summers ago...<Read More


    Don't Dress for Dinner opens at Thousand Islands Playhouse on July 25
    St. Lawrence News, Jan Murray, July 22, 2015

    As a sequel to the 2013 production of Boeing Boeing, the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque will be presenting a madcap comedy in Don’t Dress for Dinner beginning with a spectacular opening night on Saturday, July 25.... <Read More

    “Don’t Dress for Dinner” Spicing Up the Season at the Springer Theatre
    A Fresh News Start, Lorraine Payette, July 23, 2015

    Get ready for a spicy evening filled with nuance, double entendres and all your favourite tiddly bits as the Thousand Islands Playhouse happily brings you “Don’t Dress for Dinner”, a tasty little French farce with just the right amount of sauce... <Read More


    Video Preview of Don't Dress For Dinner at the 1000 Islands Playhouse
    Eastern Ontario Network, July 23, 2015


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