For years, Gary McCormick was a mainstay of the Lexington theater scene, particularly in productions at Studio Players.
But after Crimes of the Heart in 2003, the actor/director went on a hiatus during a career shift that has landed him as general manager of Berea's historic Boone Tavern and Hotel. Overseeing an $11 million renovation can be time-consuming, but McCormick had the itch to get back into the theater.
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He's scratching that itch by directing Studio's season opener, Don't Dress for Dinner, which opens this weekend and runs through Sept. 28.
"I read a bunch of plays and I kept coming back to Don't Dress for Dinner," says McCormick, who compares the show to another British farce, Noises Off, and the perpetual hit Greater Tuna.
Don't Dress for Dinner is about a man's failed attempt to spend a weekend in the French countryside with his mistress.
"It goes very fast," McCormick says. "The audience won't have to think about what it's trying to say."
And that's the way McCormick wants to come back.
"I enjoy making people laugh," he says, "and I hope that's what this show will do."