Theater Review: 'Don't Dress for Dinner' -- 1 star
Don't Dress for Dinner
There are two new farces now on Broadway. Oddly enough, both revolve around dinner scenes. While one of them is hilarious, the other is as painful as a tooth pulling.
"One Man, Two Guvnors," Richard Bean's giddy update of the commedia dell'arte classic "The Servant of Two Masters," is one.
The other is Marc Cameletti's "Don't Dress for Dinner," which is now receiving its Broadway premiere following two decades of regional productions, is a derivative and labored sequel to Cameletti's farce "Boeing-Boeing," which had a hit Broadway revival four seasons ago.
"Boeing-Boeing" revolved around swinging bachelor Bernard trying to juggle his three airline stewardess girlfriends with the help of his shy pal Robert.
"Don't Dress for Dinner" has Robert (Adam James), now married, hiding his mistress (Jennifer Tilly) from his wife (Patricia Kalember) with the assistance of Robert (Ben Daniels) and a French chef (Spencer Kayden).
Except for a few visual gags, William Ivey Long's divine costumes and the delightfully quirky Kayden, don't expect any such magic from John Tillinger's dull pedestrian production.
Tilly, who at least gets to show off her ample cleavage, is noticeably miscast. Daniels is nicely expressive, especially when he is caught in compromising positions.
If you go: "Don't Dress for Dinner" plays at the American Airlines Theatre through June 8. 227 W. 42nd St., 212-719-1300, roundabouttheatre.org.