Emmet Kowler


Don't Dress for Dinner

Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from July 7-29
7:30 p.m.
July 17
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from July 9-30
3 p.m.
$7-$28; pay-as-able Monday

When Gremlin Theatre, one of the most entertaining and ambitious performance companies in the Twin Cities, vacated their former space in 2013, many fans were concerned. Even with assurances that shows would continue at rented venues, the lack of a fixed stage suggested that Gremlin could disappear at any time. Theatergoers can take heart, as the venerable company has found a new home in the renovated digs of St. Paul’s Vandalia Tower. Breaking in this new stage, Gremlin is presenting a revival of the very first play produced by the company back in 1998, Don’t Dress for Dinner. A farce by Marc Camoletti (and adapted by Robin Hawdon), the raucous work follows the increasingly convoluted scheming of a man whose plan to spend a weekend with his secret lover is complicated by the unexpected presence of his wife. Hoping to beguile his spouse, the man asks a friend to serve as cover, little suspecting that his supposed ally and his wife are having their own illicit tryst. Add in further complications involving a cook mistaken for a mistress, and absurdity is all but guaranteed. Brian Balcom directs a cast headed by Peter Christian Hansen.

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