As part of its “Season of Laughter and Love” Flat Rock Playhouse presents the Tony Award-winning comedy, Boeing Boeing through July 27 at its downtown Hendersonville stage. Written by French playwright, Mark Camoletti and translated to the English adaptation by Beverley Cross, the hilarious slapstick farce Flat Rock Playhouse is solidly performed by Playhouse veterans Scott Treadway, Paige Posey, and Lisa K. Bryant along with Beth Kuhn, Catherine LeFrere, and the Founder and Artistic Director of the NC Stage Company in Asheville, Charlie Flynn-McIver.
The play takes place in 1960s in the Paris, France apartment of the equally handsome and incorrigible architect, Bernard, (Flynn-McIver), schedules his time around the flight schedules of three beautiful international flight stewardesses who all happen to be his fiancées: Gloria (Bryant) is the kooky American who flies TWA; Gretchen (Kuhn) is the pouting German who flies Lufthansa; and Gabriella (LeFrere), is the sultry Italian who flies Alitalia. With the ever-complaining but competent help of his maid, Berthe (Posey), Bernard appears to have everything working like clockwork until Boeing introduces a faster jet, the weather turns un navigable and everyone ends up in the apartment at the same time, including his old chum, Robert, (Treadway), who suddenly is thrust into cahoots with Berthe to frantically juggle the girls to prevent Bernard being caught. As things intensify, the slapstick choreography with slamming doors, double-entendres, and misunderstandings result in hysterical comedic chaos.
Boeing Boeing was first staged in London at the Apollo Theatre in 1962 and ran for a total of seven years. It also played at the New York Times Square Longacre Theatre and has had several film adaptations, including the 1965 Paramount Pictures film starring Jerry Lewis, Tony Curtis, and Thelma Ritter
The Playhouse production is superbly done. Treadway and Posey often steal the show, but, directed by returning Guest Director, Amy Jones, who has served as Director or Musical Director for many productions regionally and off-Broadway, the entire cast shines as they contribute to this modern Comedy of Errors.
Where: Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown
When: July 3 – July 27, Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm; matinees Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:00 pm.
How: All tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008 or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org.