Players dress for dinnerWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It was part of The Village Players current season mission to offer works that had never been produced in Toledo. On May 2, the group will open playwright Marc Camoletti’s “Don’t Dress For Dinner” to close out with a real bang.
Camoletti’s farcical look at human nature will feature Jimmy Pickle, Suzanne Jennens, Matt Black, Elizabeth Palmer, Clara Engel and John Jennens. Norb Mills will direct the production. The play was co-produced by Paige Price and John Henry with costumes by Pamela S. Kelso.
Camoletti, who died in 2003, was known as one of the true masters of comedic farce. The French playwright is best known as the author of “Boeing Boeing,” which was made into a television movie in the 1960s. He also wrote the earlier hit “La Bonne Anna.”
“This is such a well-written example of farce, that I think the cast really had to work at not going overboard with that element of the material; they really learned that as we went along and have done a really great job,” Mills said.
Mills is no stranger to acting, having spent the last 27 years on stage. The four-time OCTA award winner first made his acting debut in the 1981 production of “The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia.” He previously co-directed “Pvt. Wars” with Henry, which also featured cast member John Jennens. Blocking began for the play in August of last year. Mills was then able to give his cast a few months of down time to get to know the material, largely because another production was using the stage during this time.
“I think that having the extra time to really get to know the material was a benefit rather than a distraction. While the structure of the play itself is a bit complicated, its message, if it has one, is a no brainier — come laugh and have fun. That’s what I’d like our audience to come away with,” Mills said.
“Don’t Dress For Dinner” will run through May 17. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on May 4. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students/seniors.
For more information, call (419) 472-6817 or visit the Web site www.thevillageplayers.org.