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Monday, January 23, 2012


(Bryan Hiles, Jailoshini Naidoo, Tim Wells, Clare Mortimer, Nhlakanipho Manqele and, standing, Janna Ramos Violante)

Coming up next from multi-award-winning KickstArt, is Don’t Dress for Dinner, a nifty comedy farce about double adultery and gourmet cooking that promises to have audiences crying with laughter and begging for more!

In a stylish private game lodge somewhere near the Kruger Park, 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’s foolproof. What can possibly go wrong…?

Of course, everything does! It is, in fact, 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 glamorous production fields an all-star local cast, headed by Tim Wells as the naughty ladies’ man Bernie, and Bryan Hiles as his hapless best friend Rob. Two of Durban’s best and best-loved actresses, Clare Mortimer and Jailoshini Naidoo, play Bernie’s wife and mistress respectively, while the super-talented Janna Ramos-Violante plays the spunky Afrikaans chef, Suzette. Her husband, the slightly sinister George, is played by exciting young actor and winner of Best Male Newcomer at this year’s Mercury Durban Theatre Awards, Nhlakanipho Manqele.

Don’t Dress for Dinner will be directed by Steven Stead, designed by Greg King, with lighting by Tina le Roux.

It will run at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from February 9 to 26, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 19h30 and on Sundays at 17h00. There are also Saturday matinees at 14h30. Tickets R130 (R100 students and pensioners). Special Gala Valentines Performance February 14 – tickets at R160 include a glass of sparkling wine upon arrival. (No discounts available.) Booking at Computicket.

However, block bookings and sold performance enquiries through Ailsa Windsor on 083 250 2690 or 031 201 2831 or fax 086 671 4564 or email