Don't Dress for Dinner
by Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts
Two years ago this month, Huntington Beach High School’s Academy for the Performing Arts Theatre Department presented a madcap farce called “Boeing Boeing,” which starred an array of very talented drama majors at the esteemed high school, including Jacob Menke as Robert, one of the lead roles. The show was such a hit they decided to do it again…but this time - the sequel ”Don’t Dress For Dinner,” with Jacob now directing! Jacob, already an accomplished playwright, is a current UCLA student of Theater, Film and Television. Earlier this year, he was recruited by Robert Rotenberry, chairman of the theater and acting department, to direct the show, believing the APA veteran could bring valuable insight to the production. The result is an amazing theatrical invention.
Well, suppose Jacqueline decides to stay home for the weekend. Then suppose old pal Robert (Matthew Miltimore) turns up not knowing why he has been invited? And suppose Robert and Jacqueline are really secret lovers, but he is coming into town without her knowledge? And then what happens if the cook, Suzette (marvelously played by Kaylie Flowers), is mistaken for the mistress and ends up doing a lot more than cooking sauce as the evening unfolds. And what about George (Carson Taylor), who arrives only at the end but adds much to the confusion. An evening of hilarious mayhem ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed – both ticking time bombs that may go off at any moment as we are drawn into a delicious web of marital treachery which accelerates into a classic finale.
The play opened last Thursday in APA’s Black Box Studio Theatre serving as the annual fundraiser night to benefit the theatre department, and featured a formal dinner catered by Love At First Bite, raffles and entertainment by a six-piece band from the MMET department. The final two shows will be this weekend, the 15th and 16th, Friday and Saturday evening at 7pm at a reduced price but will not include dinner or other events. Don’t miss this side-splitting nail-biter! Highly recommended for a giggling good time. For ticket information, go to http://www.hbapa.org/
Performed September 7 - 10, 2017
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