Boeing Boeing Touches Down in Rockaway
The skies are friendly over the Rockaway Theatre Company these days as the cast of Boeing Boeing is busily preparing for this Friday, September 20th, night’s opening. The play, written by Marc Camoletti and translated from the French by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans, is a hilarious farce which RTC promises will have audiences in stitches.
Boeing Boeing is set in the 1960s, and involves a swinging bachelor, Bernard (played by Stephen Ryan), living in an apartment in Paris and enjoying the perfect bachelor’s life. Bernard is simultaneously engaged to three gorgeous flight attendants, each of whom knows nothing of the others. Enter Bernard’s nerdy, socially inept school chum, Robert (David Risley), and the introduction of a new and speedier Boeing jet and suddenly the perfect life is no longer quite so perfect. Catastrophe looms as Bernard juggles three hotheaded fiancées, Gloria (Jessica Mintzes), Gabriella (Kimberly Simek) and Gretchen (Catherine Leib) with the questionable assistance of his eccentric Parisian housekeeper, Bertha (Susan Corning). To find out if Bernard’s magic carpet existence crashes and burns, the Rockaway troupe says, you need to become a passenger on this bumpy flight.
The RTC production is directed by Peggy Page Press and Michael Wotypka and features a cast of RTC audience favorites. The set and costumes capture the color and zaniness of the ’60s: a time when men were dogs and women were stewardesses.
Boeing Boeing takes off on Friday evening, September 20th, and runs for three consecutive weekends, coming in for a final landing on Sunday, October 6th. ETA for evening performances is 8 p.m. Sunday matinees will begin at 2 p.m. You can make reservations for the performance of your choice by calling the RTC hotline at 718-374-6400. Boeing Boeing will be ready when you are.