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Thursday, February 21, 2013


(Original cast members Janna Ramos-Violante and Nhlakanipho Manqele)

Having just won Fleur du Cap nominations for their production of Cabaret, Durban’s top multi-award-winning theatre company KickstArt launches into 2013 with energy following their first show of the year, Robert Fridjhon’s delightful Twitch, which is still running at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre until Sunday (February 24).

Again presented by Pieter Toerien, KickstArt’s production of Marc Camoletti’s hilarious comedy Don’t Dress for Dinner will have a season at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre in Johannesburg followed by a further run at the Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town.

Don’t Dress for Dinner is a nifty comedy farce about double adultery and gourmet cooking that received rapturous audience response when it was performed in Durban in February, 2012.

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 James Cuningham as Bernie, and Robert Fridjhon as Rob. Natasha Sutherland returns to grace the stage as Jackie and Bronwyn Leigh Gottwald plays Bernie’s sexy M-Net presenter mistress.

The production also features two members of the original cast - Janna Ramos-Violante as the spunky Afrikaans chef and Nhlakanipho Manqele, winner of Best Male Newcomer 2011 Mercury Durban Theatre Awards, as her husband.

Don’t Dress for Dinner is directed by Steven Stead and designed by Greg King, with lighting by Tina le Roux, the same team that brought Cabaret and Red to Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Don’t Dress for Dinner will run at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre from March 6 to April 14 and at Theatre on the Bay from April 18 to May 11. All bookings at the theatre and Computicket 011 511 1818 or visit