Aug. 15--INGRAM -- The Point Theatre's last summer show on the outdoor stage is "Don't Dress for Dinner," a two-act infidelity farce by French playwright Marc Camoletti, which was nominated for two Tony Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards.
Veteran director Sarah Derousseau directs the play, the plot of which revolves around a frenetic case of mistaken identity with more twists than a corkscrew, said Lorenzo Nichols, Point Theatre's artistic director.
With his wife out of town, an alibi from his best friend and a gourmet chef at the ready, it looks like Bernard has the perfect romantic evening planned for his chic Parisian mistress -- but things aren't always as the appear to be.
"Mix all these ingredients and the perfect recipe emerges for an evening of comedic confusion," Nichols said. "The show is extremely funny."
The production, which opened Aug. 9, continues through Aug. 24. Performances are at 8:30 p.m. today-Saturday and Aug. 22-24 at the theater, which is on the grounds of the Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road South, in Ingram.
Theatergoer John Ruth, who attended opening night, called the production "a marvelously tight and crisp show."
Ruth said, "I love it when a show comes together in all its elements. In 'Don't Dress for Dinner,' you have a finely tuned, very skilled cast that clearly enjoys working together, and they are assisted by top rate scenic, costume and lighting design.Obviously, while helming this production, the director made attention to detail her mantra."
Nichols said the cast is comprised of seasoned actors from The Point, many of whom audiences have seen in other productions, including "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story," "Camelot," "Greater Tuna" and "Sleeping Beauty."
Justin Shotts, who does double duty as the show's hair stylist, portrays the role of Bernard. Shotts was last seen as Ainsley Danforth the actor in The Point production of "Dashing Through the Snow." Point Theatre audiences will remember him in multiple roles in "Tuna Christmas" and "Greater Tuna." Shotts is a stylist at
Bernard's wife Jacqueline is played by Point Theatre veteran Emily Houghton. Houghton teaches theatre at Bandera High School and took Bandera's entry in UIL One-Act play competition to the state level in May. She also directed this summer's production of "Snow White: The Untold Story" at The Point at the beginning of the summer.
Chris Huber takes on the role of Robert, Bernard's best friend and Jacqueline's secret lover. Huber may be best known for his starring role in The Point's production of "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story." He most recently directed "Barefoot in the Park" for Playhouse 2000. Huber is the program officer at the Cailloux Foundation.
Suzette, the cook, is portrayed by Ambra Starr, who made her debut at The Point in "Once Upon a Mattress" and has appeared in many other shows, including "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" and "Same Time, Next Year." She most recently was seen reprising her role as Honey Raye Futrelle in "Dashing through the Snow." Starr works for Peterson regional Medical Center as a registered nurse.
Suzette's husband George is played by Lance Billingsley, who appeared in "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" as Murray Deutch. Billingsley, a retired peace officer and also played in the orchestra for last summer's Point Theatre production "Doo-Wop Wed Widing Hood."
Bernard's French mistress is portrayed by Maikenzy DeZarn, who most recently appeared in "Barefoot in the Park" at Playhouse 2000. Last summer, she played the Evil Queen in The Point's "Doo-Wop Wed Widing Hood." DeZarn works for KerrvillePhoto.com.
The production was designed and built by this summer's Point Theatre interns -- "the next generation of theatrical designers and technical theatre professionals," Nichols said -- under the direction of Point Theatre technical director Bobby Sands.
"They've done a remarkable job," he said. "The majority of the interns are pursuing a career in technical theatre, and the internship program has given them an opportunity to flex their design skills and technical theatre knowledge."
The show ends the Point's summer run, which was an applaudable success, Nichols said.
"The Point has had extremely good responses from our audiences attending our productions this year, and the outdoor summer season was no exception," he said. "One of the really amazing dynamics at The Point comes from the volunteers. All of our actors are volunteers, no one is paid. They come from all different walks of life with diverse backgrounds and learn to work together. For all these people to come together and collaborate on a large-scale artistic project is absolutely amazing."
Nichols said the theater's productions continue to resonate with audiences because the people who pull together to give the shows their all do so because they are committed to making the greater Kerrville area a great place to live.
"Where else can you get the perfect combination of nature and art? The Point's amphitheater on the banks of the Guadalupe is one of the most gorgeous locations in the Hill Country," Ruth said.
"I've been going there regularly for over 40 years, and the beauty of the place never ceases to blow me away," Ruth said. "Couple that with an A-shelf production like 'Don't Dress for Dinner,' and you have an absolutely unbeatable evening."
If you go
What: 'Don't Dress for Dinner'
When: Through Aug. 24. Performances are at 8:30 p.m. today, Saturday and Aug. 22-24
Where: The Point Theatre, Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road South
Info: Visit www.hcaf.com or call 367-5121
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