Don’t Dress for Dinner

Directed by Scott R. Grumling

Saturday, January 21, 11 AM – 2 PM; By Appointment Only; EMail for appointment
May 5, 6, 12, 13 – 2017 at 8 PM; May 7, 14 – 2017 at 3 PM
Audition Location: Narberth Community Theatre, 6376 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19151
Audition Format: Readings from script
The Story: Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well…. suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone’s alibi gets confused with everyone else’s. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed. The characters Bernard and Robert appear in the prequel to this play, Boeing-Boeing.

Characters (3M, 3F)

Bernard (Lead, Age 35-55)
A successful, good-natured and intelligent architect with a lascivious side, British accent.

Robert (Lead, Age 35-55)
Bernard’s oldest friend. Mild and put upon but charming and lovable. Not completely innocent, British accent.

Jacqueline (Lead, Age 35-55)
Bernard’s wife. She is smart and chic with a mischievous and fun side, British accent.

Suzette (Lead, Age 35-55)
The cook. A comedienne-type but with glamorous potential, French accent.

Suzanne (Supporting, Age 35-55)
Bernard’s Parisian model mistress…with all that entails, French accent.

George (Featured, Age 35-55)
Suzette’s imposing and intimidating husband. Also a chef, French


Those auditioning are not required to read the sides with the indicated accents, however, you will be asked to demonstrate a British or French accent on a brief bit of text during the audition. The staging will involve intense physical activity so actors must be in good physical shape for the demands of this production.


A cast read-through will be held in mid to late-February and a handful of rehearsals will follow until March 12th when regular weekly rehearsals will occur on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays until tech week. Please bring your calendar and be ready to make note of ALL conflicts you have during the period February 20th-May 4th.

Production Staff

Director – Scott Grumling
Assistant Director – Tom Ryan

If you have any additional questions about the auditions, please send an Email to Tom at