‘Boeing Boeing’ soars high in entertainment
Published: Thursday, June 13th, 2013
The opening of a new play season would, undoubtedly, have cast and crew on their toes, but reflecting that in the opening play of the Black Hills Playhouse’s 86th season? Well, that’s pure genius.
The season kicked off Thursday, June 6, with “Boeing Boeing,” a farce about one man and three fiancées. The play was written in French by Marc Camoletti and translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans. The play first opened in London in 1962 where it ran for seven years. In 1965, it opened on Broadway and ran one month. Since then, it has been revived into an off-Broadway play (receiving a Tony award for Best Revived Play) and even was adapted as a feature film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Set in the 1960s, swinging bachelor Bernard (Kevin Pellicone), an American architect living in Paris, couldn’t be happier. He has a gorgeous flat overlooking downtown Paris, a great career and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other — Gloria (Jamie Fields), an American, Gabriella (Breanna Danielle), an Italian, and Gretchen (Emily Dorsett), a German.
Things get bumpy for Bernard when Robert (Nate Rocke), an old friend, comes and stays the night and a new, faster Boeing jet throws off Bernard’s careful schedule. Soon all three stewardesses are in town at the same time, forcing Robert to tell a number of lies and Bernard to think quick on his feet.
The real star of the show is Bertha (Paige Hauer), Bernard’s maid — and true ‘mistress of the flat’ — who know and keeps the secrets of the three fiancées. She changes photographs, makes up the bedroom and prepares meals according to each fiancée and their nationality. Hauer is wonderful in every sense in the word. Her disheveled outfit (soiled apron, wrinkled clothes and stockings loosely hanging at her ankles) and uneven chest area are just a small taste of costumer designer Steven Buechler’s impressive work. However, her sharp, witty delivery of her lines and impeccable comedic timing is all her (and the guidance of Emily Cherry, stage director). Hauer’s character isn’t afraid to say what she feels or do what she wants.
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