HomeOperaEnjoyable French farce 'Boeing Boeing' flies by quick at Reston Neighborhood Gamers

Enjoyable French farce ‘Boeing Boeing’ flies by quick at Reston Neighborhood Gamers


Reston Neighborhood Gamers (RCP) just lately opened the madcap comedy Boeing Boeing at CenterStage in Reston. The farce, written by French playwright Marc Camoletti, initially debuted in 1960 and was translated into English by Beverley Cross.

The present (which is within the Guinness E book of Information because the most-performed French play worldwide) is ready in Paris within the Nineteen Sixties. Bachelor Bernard is a rapscallion engaged to a few stewardesses from three totally different airways. His rigorously crafted schedule has labored like a well-oiled machine, however issues go awry when his previous buddy Robert unexpectedly comes into city and flight schedules shift attributable to climate and a brand new, quicker Boeing engine, leading to all three fiancées being on the town on the identical time.

Justin Meyer as Bernard, Dan Dymond as Robert, and Kate Bierly as Gretchen in ‘Boeing Boeing.’ Photograph by Heather Regan.

The set, designed by Maggie Modig, is the open lounge of Bernard’s flat, with a number of doorways main to varied bedrooms, bogs, and the kitchen. There’s a good quantity of slapstick, together with many shut entrances and exits of the women, who at one level are all within the flat on the identical time. Director Adam Konowe has executed a wonderful job timing these near-misses to optimize the stress and hilarity of the present.

Dan Dymond as Robert and Alexa Yarboro as Gloria in ‘Boeing Boeing.’ Photograph by Heather Regan.

Justin Meyer performs the duplicitous bachelor Bernard with a delicate French accent and a cadence harking back to Stewie from Household Man. He exudes confidence and calm, that’s till his rigorously coordinated life falls aside. There is no such thing as a actual villain however Bernard is shut sufficient, and watching his gradual fall from smug womanizer to hysterical, determined fiend caught in a lure of his personal making is very entertaining.

Dan Dymond is the extra reserved and shy schoolmate, Robert. Dymond performs the naive man out of his depths with the concept of getting a relationship with three girls directly — however shortly leans into the concept of adopting a way of life just like Bernard’s. Dymond may be very likable, and his physicality and facial expressions carry Dick Van Dyke to thoughts.

Kate Keifer performs Bernard’s maid Berthe, whose accent is a bit excessive however her bodily comedy is complete perfection. Berthe has the unlucky job of maintaining Bernard’s ruse, which incorporates switching out the women’ photos and a pillow themed with every of their nations of origin, and sustaining a menu suited to which of the fiancées is visiting. Keifer is continually in a manic state as she sneaks, crawls, and jumps over the sofa to hide or swap the pillows.

Kate Keifer as Berthe and Kate Bierly as Gretchen in ‘Boeing Boeing.’ Photograph by Heather Regan.

The three brides-to-be are American Gloria (Alexa Yarboro), German Gretchen (Kate Bierly), and Italian Gabriella (Lori Brooks). These unlucky women are pulled and pushed round continually by Robert and Bernard in a well-choreographed dance to maintain all of them simply out of sight of one another.

RCPs Boeing Boeing is a enjoyable experience with ensemble and glorious course — to not point out the beautiful, classically styled stewardess uniforms in every of the first colours (costume design by Lisa Leary).

Your complete present takes place over the course of someday, and the scenes are fast-paced so the present flies by shortly. There are many laughs within the playful comedy as every little thing that may go improper does go improper — and the viewers can simply sit again, calm down, and benefit from the mayhem.

Operating Time: Roughly two hours half-hour, with one 15-minute intermission.

Boeing Boeing runs by means of January 29, 2023, introduced by Reston Neighborhood Gamers acting at CenterStage in Reston Neighborhood Middle situated at 2310 Colts Neck Street Reston, VA. Tickets ($25–$30) can be found for buy in particular person on the Neighborhood Middle, by calling the field workplace at (703) 476-4500, or on-line.

The Boeing Boeing playbill is on-line right here.

COVID Security: Per Fairfax County laws, masks are inspired however not required for attendance.

Forged
Bernard: Justin Meyer, Robert: Dan Dymond, Berthe: Kate Keifer, Gloria: Alexa Yarboro, Gretchen: Kate Bierly, Gabriella: Lori Brooks

Manufacturing Workers
Director: Adam Konowe; Assistant Director: Lori Brooks; Producer:  Richard Durkin; Stage Supervisor: Eileen Mullee; Assistant Stage Supervisor: Patrick Hammes; Grasp Electricians: Dan Widerski & Richard Durkin; Technical Administrators: Dan Widerski & Sara Birkhead; Grasp Carpenter: John Turner; Set Building: Sara Birkhead, RB Bhandari, Richard Durkin, Tom Geuting, Peter Gobeille, Patrick Hammes, David Holt, Anna Mintz, Tim Skjerseth, John Turner, Dan Widerski; Set Painters: Judy Whelihan, Cathy Zimmermann; Mild Board Operators: Scott Fisk, David Katz; Sound Board Operator: Invoice Chrapcynski; Seamstress: Mary Louise Tunget; Costume Assistant: Jackie Tidball; Properties Acquisition: Mary Jo Ford & Joey Olson; Props Runners: Carol Watson & David Holt; Photographer: Heather Regan; Voice/Accent Coach: Tel Monks; Operating Crew: RB Bhandari, Richard Durkin, David Katz,Patrick Hammes, David Holt, Alex Parish

Design Group
Intimacy Choreographer: Ian Claar; Lighting Designer: Ian Claar; Costume Designer: Lisa Leary; Hair & Make-up Designer: Nour Bahri; Properties Designer: Mary Jo Ford; Set Designer / Scenic Artist: Maggie Modig; Set Ornament Design: Liz Mykietyn; Sound Designer: Invoice Chrapcynski

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