Boeing Boeing: Stratospheric comedy

Whitefish Theatre Co. offers “deliriously fun romp” Aug. 14-24

On Stage

Back by popular demand, the Whitefish Theatre Co. presents a special summer production of “Boeing Boeing” at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish. This hilarious, zany comedy is the perfect show to close out WTC’s 40th anniversary season with performances on Aug. 14-17 and 21-24 at 8 p.m.

“Boeing Boeing” is a 1960s French farce that features a glamour-boy architect named Bernard who simultaneously juggles Italian, German and American fiancées, each beautiful airline hostesses. Tracking their airlines’ timetables and scheduling non-convergent “layovers,” Bernard keeps “one up, one down and one pending” until an unexpected guest and the introduction of a speedier Boeing jet bring all three to Paris and his apartment at the same time.

“Boeing Boeing” is a sidesplitting unraveling of Bernard’s careful romantic planning that, according to The New York Times, “soars right out of its time zone and into some unpolluted stratosphere of classic physical comedy.”

“This French farce first hit the stage in 1965 and was revamped in 2008 to win a Tony Award for Best Revival,” says director Gail Cleveland. “It is truly a delicious, deliriously fun romp with stereotypical stewardesses, a grumbling French maid, an overly confident philanderer and action propelled by a visit from his innocent, slightly nerdy, friend from America.”

As Ben Brantley of The New York Times said of the production, it “levitates low burlesque into high comedy.”

“It is a special delight to have four of the original 2014 cast members back: David Blair, Katie Nixon, Kim Krueger and Erin Grayce,” adds Cleveland. They join two WTC favorites, Mikey Winn and Becky Rygg Mead.

“They are all experienced, creative, and work incredibly well together, resulting in a shared rhythm which makes for an evening of pure pleasure,” says the director.

Blair is Bernard, Winn is his nerdy friend Robert, Grayce is French maid Bertha, and Nixon, Rygg Mead, and Krueger are airline hostesses Gloria, Gabrielle, and Gretchen.

Tickets are $25 with cabaret-style seating and traditional theatre seating, and may be purchased at the Box Office, 1 Central Ave., Whitefish, or by calling 406-862-5371, or online at Light food, wine, beer and other beverages will be available for purchase.