Colleen Wheeler

Say oui, oui, oui when Arts Club flies into Vernon with Boeing Boeing

Celebrating its 50th season, the largest theatre company in Western Canada is bringing mile-high laughs with this French-penned play.

With rave reviews being given to Arts Club Theatre’s current production of Armstrong’s War, starring Vernon-raised actor Mik Byskov, the Vancouver theatre company is coming to Vernon with its other hit from 2013, Boeing Boeing.

Celebrating its 50th season, the largest theatre company in Western Canada is bringing mile-high laughs with this French-penned play, which stages at the Performing Arts Centre for one night only, Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The second of five plays in the VPAC society’s 2013/14 theatre series, Boeing Boeing comes on the heels of Arts Club’s sold-out Vernon performances of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline.

While the play itself was originally written more than 50 years ago by playwright Marc Camoletti, Boeing Boeing is just as entertaining today, said director David Mackay.

“The structure of this farce puts the characters in comic situations that remain ludicrously funny today.  For all our incredible social and technological advancements made over the past 50 years, a good farce can exemplify that quality in human nature that for every step forward there’s a banana peel to take us two steps back,” he said.

The European equivalent to Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Boeing Boeing is set in swinging ‘60s Paris, and is a farcical play about lies, love, and relationships.

It follows Bernard, a successful architect who is even more successful with the ladies. In fact, he juggles the hearts of three airline hostesses who jet in and out of his groovy bachelor pad:

Gloria, Gabriella and Gretchen, aka “America,” “Italy,” and “Germany,” work for different airlines, and are kept apart by the precision of the airline timetable. However, when Boeing introduces a faster jet, Bernard’s three fiancés invariably end up at his apartment at the same time, and his precise romantic timetable descends into chaos.

With its cast of over-the-top characters and broad physical comedy, Boeing Boeing offers a hysterical evening of theatrical farce for those not expecting a profound message or moral statement.

It is simply drôle.

Tickets for Boeing Boeing are $45/adult, $42/senior, $40/student at the Ticket Seller box office. Call 250-549-7469 or order online at www.ticketseller.ca.

 

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