Cow Patti Theatre doing a farce

A French farce about a two-timing husband who becomes ensnared in his own deceptive web is being presented by Lacombe’s professional Cow Patti Theatre Company.

A French farce about a two-timing husband who becomes ensnared in his own deceptive web is being presented by Lacombe’s professional Cow Patti Theatre Company.

Don’t Dress For Dinner opens on Thursday, Nov. 22, and runs to Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club. The play by playwright Marc Camoletti is a sequel to Boeing-Boeing, which was staged by Cow Patti last season.

Don’t Dress For Dinner ran successfully in Europe for six years before opening on Broadway. It’s about a duplicitous husband named Bernard who sends his wife off to her mother’s so he can wine and dine his mistress, a French model. Bernard invites his best friend Robert over as an alibi, and hires a chef for the weekend.

Of course, nothing goes as planned in this play about mistaken identities, foiled secrets and other mix-ups.

“It’s one of my favourite farces and we have a great team working on it,” said director Richard Bauer.

Several of the Boeing-Boeing cast members are making return appearances, including Jamie Williams as Bernard, Susan Greenfield as his wife and Kate Gordon as the mistress.

Cow Patti is once again performing four benefit shows for local charities during the play’s run — on Nov. 22 for the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre Foundation Daybreak, on Nov. 29 for the Rotary Club of Lacombe, on Dec. 6 for the Nebraska 4-H Multi Club, and Dec. 13 for the Lacombe Knights of Columbus.

So far, the group has raised more than $222,000 for community groups across Canada. “We are very proud of the effects we have accomplished,” said Cow Patti’s artistic director, or “head cow,” Annamarie Lea.

Tickets range from $62 for dinner theatre to $52 for Saturday or Sunday brunch to $42 for pasta theatre. Christmas parties can be accommodated.

For more information, call the box office at 403-784-2294 or 403-782-3956.