I was given the part of Vandergelder to read, and had fun with the blustery curmudgeon character. The grasping businessman comes from an era in America were the greatest sin was to be a "fool," and Vandergelder considers himself a man of sense. Although he admits he is comitting foolishness when he goes shopping for a new wife at his age, he is not prepared for the extent to which he is fooled by his neice, her suitor, his employees, and by Dolly.
Georgie was given Dolly, and played her with a decided, and decisive character. The other members made up the supporting cast with very enjoyable reading being given, particularly by Shelia Horne as Vandergelder's timorous niece Ermengarde; Bob Horne as her artistic suitor, and also a snooty waiter; Hillary Giffen as Irene Molloy, one of Vandergelder's potential brides; and Missy Hill as Barnaby, Vandergelder's out-of-his-depth apprentice clerk.
The food theme for the night was Viennese, and I was main dish chef and made Tafelspitz, which is basically boiled beef with root vegetables, but the subtle spicing makes it more than just that. This was the third time I had made it since our Austria trip, and I was very pleased with the way it turned out. Georgie made Sacher torte, apres the famous dessert that is the trademark of the Hotel Sacher in Vienna. The specific recipe is a closely guarded secret, but it consists of a dark, dense chocolate cake, glazed with apricot jam, and then coated with a poured chocolate icing. Having had both, I can say that Georgie's replica was nearly spot-on, and delicious in any case, a sentiment shared by the assembly. In addition, we were served noodles, red cabbage, apple salad, stuffed mushrooms, and bread with butter or liptaur, an Austrian cheese spread I find particularly yummy.
The play reading was fun, the meal was fine, so it's safe to say a good time was had.