Pettie Takes Over for Donovan in Chicago's Don't Dress for Dinner

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Stage and screen actor Darren Pettie joined the critically acclaimed cast of the Chicago production of Don't Dress for Dinner on Jan. 21, replacing Jeffrey Donovan, who left to return to work on the TV series "Burn Notice."

The comedy of errors by Boeing-Boeing playwright Marc Camoletti and directed by John Tillinger plays to March 1 at the Royal George Theatre.

Pettie joined Patricia Kalember (TV's "Sisters" and "thirtysomething"); New York-based stage and screen stars (and husband and wife) Mark Harelik and Spencer Kayden; Jamie Morgan from FX's "Rescue Me"; and Chicago's Chris Sullivan.

Presented by the Chicago-based British Stage Company, LLC, Don't Dress for Dinner began performances on the Royal George Theatre Main Stage, 1641 N. Halsted Street, on Nov. 23, 2008.

Pettie is a graduate of The Juilliard School whose credits include Broadway's Butley and Off-Broadway's Spatter Pattern, Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams, Hobson's Choice, Unwrap Your Candy and Measure for Measure.

According to the producers, "Don't Dress for Dinner is a frenetic case of mistaken identity with more twists than a corkscrew. When Jacqueline (Kalember) decides to visit her mother for a few days, her husband Bernard (Harelik) sees an opportunity for a cozy weekend with his new mistress (Morgan). His bachelor pal Robert (Pettie) calls to announce his return from abroad, so Bernard invites him along as his alibi, also hiring a Cordon Bleu-level cook (Kayden) to cater a delicious dinner. But when Jacqueline realizes Robert is coming for a visit everything changes, and the high speed farce begins! One impossible situation leads to another as the hapless friend Robert finds himself the target of both amorous attention and wrathful vengeance, while Bernard tries desperately to salvage a scrap of illicit bliss from the wreckage of a weekend. Further insanity ensues when two of the unwitting guests — both named Suzy — must trade the roles of cook and mistress. Completing the zany cast is the cook’s husband, George (Sullivan)." The production team includes costume designer Virgil Johnson, scenic designer Jim Noone, lighting designer Keith Parham, sound and music designers Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen, production manager Matt Marsden and stage manager Lucia Lombardi.

Don't Dress for Dinner marks the inaugural production of the Chicago-based British Stage Company, LLC, led by current Chicago resident and British expat Damian Arnold. The British Stage Company was formed in 2008 to present primarily comedic works, especially those popular on the West End stage.

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