Pennsylvania Playhouse has announced the opening of the 2013 season. "Boeing, Boeing," written by Marc Camoletti and directed by Mark Breiner, tells the tale of Bernard, an American playboy in swinging 60s Paris who juggles 3 flight attendant fiancées-one American, one German, and one Italian. With the help of airline timetables and a phenomenally efficient housekeeper, he convinces each that she is his only love. But then a visit from an old school chum and a fast new Boeing jet puts everyone on a collision course, hurtling Bernard's cunning deception towards disaster, and provides lift-off for laugh after laugh. Featuring Beth Linzer, Joanne Rooney, Seth Rohrbach, mark Saylor, Kelly Rohrbach and Annie Locke, "Boeing, Boeing" is the perfect comedy to brighten the winter blues.
This is a comedy with broad satire and improbable situations. According to Mark Breiner, director of "Boeing, Boeing," the play is as funny a modern farce that has ever been performed. Mistaken identity, misunderstanding and that "falling down on your face" kind of humor is pretty much the same formula that has been used by the French and the British for years. What keeps it fresh is new faces and new actors trying new things with the same result in mind. "Keep the audiences laughing".
"Boeing, Boeing" is actually a French play first performed in Paris in 1960. It ran for 7 years in London. The 2008 revival on Broadway won both the Drama Desk and Tony award for Best revival of a play. Breiner says, "This is a play that is just funny. It doesn't make any social statement, has no political slant. You have a guy who thinks he's cool, who manipulates these beautiful flight attendants and nobody is the wiser. Until it all goes haywire."
What draws Breiner to direct a play like "Boeing Boeing?" "Much of what is being produced today in movies and on the stage has a tendency to be overly dramatic. There will always be those who feel the need to use the stage as a platform to express their opinions on the socio-political issues of the day. The way I see it, we face these issues every day just living our lives. I like to think of the theatre as a place people can go to and escape the drama of real life for a couple of hours. I believe in this day and age it is a good thing to make people laugh. Nothing is more rewarding for me as a director than to hear people laugh so hard they lose themselves in the fun."
Performances January 18,19,25,26,27,31,February 1,2,3 8PM, except 3PM on Sundays
Tickets are $22, $19 for seniors & students except for Saturday performances