Bernard is a lonely American living in Paris. His friends don’t like to see him lonely, so they introduce him to some nice ladies. The ladies in question are all stewardesses. So what happens when a lonely American in Paris begins juggling three jet-setting ladies of the air? Pure comedic genius, or at least that’s what Bo Thorp, the director of Boeing, Boeing, hopes happens as the Cape Fear Regional Theatre brings this French farce to stage this month.
Boeing, Boeing by Marc Carmoletti “shines with slamming doors, delicious innuendo and spectacularly improbable situations,” all designed to tell the story of how much can go wrong in just a short time.
As mentioned, Bernard is something of a Lothario. His chaotic love life is guided by the ﬂight schedules in and out of Paris, and his maid, played by the ever entertaining Patricia Cucco, is the air-trafﬁc controller who keeps it all going.
R. Bruce Connelly, a well-known visiting actor, plays Bernard’s American friend who comes to visit just when everything falls apart.
“I arrive from Wisconsin early in the ﬁrst act,” explains Connelly. “I play a very shy man — the kind who has never been kissed — who comes to visit his good friend. I am surrounded by these beautiful women. I am not a player, not a liar, but I’m left all alone when all this action starts happening. So my character is the the one who is left to invent the stories and keep the women separated. It all falls apart and goes crazy very rapidly.”
Connelly is not a stranger to the production, having done it earlier this year with his co-star Gil Brady. He is excited to be reprising the role.
“I got the call about a week and half ago to do the show, and we’ve been here about a week in rehearsals,” he said.
Brady explained that the show is more of a dance than a play in the sense that it is very complicated and it all has to do with timing.
“This is kind of unheard of to put up a show this difﬁ cult in such a short period of time,” he said. “The good news is we’ve done it before; Bo knows what she is doing — and she was smart enough to cast a great cast.”
“Rehearsals have been great so far. We are still in early stages of working out timing and relationships. I’ve been trying to communicate to everyone that it’s more of a dance than a play. It’s so intricate,” he explained. “Boeing, Boeing is easily one of the most technical plays I’ve done in my life. Bo is taking it in a different direction than in the last production I did. What’s great is we are going for more of the emotional truth, while the last one was more zaney/mad cap
.”He said he was “happy for the change.”
“There really is no challenge to go into the theatre and do carbon copy of a play you’ve done before. It is very unsatisfying for an artist. I did Grease four times and by the end, you sort of go on autopilot and collect your paycheck.”
That won’t be the case when you see Boeing, Boeing look for a great night of laughs interspersed with some emotional truths.
For tickets, times and reservations, visit the website at www.cfrt.org.
Photo: When you see Boeing, Boeing look for a great night of laughs interspersed with some emotional truths.