“BOEING BOEING:” FLYING THE FUNNY, FRIENDLY SKIES
BONNIE GOLDBERG 203-397-5433 4/7/11
Even with meticulous attention to detail, the best laid plans can go awry. Just ask Bernard, a wannabe Casanova, who runs his life according to a precise timetable and finely tuned schedule the engineers at Grand Central Station and the Charles De Gaulle Airport would envy. His elaborate planning ensures his daily activities never overlap or conflict.
Watch what happens when Bernard’s perfect world hits a series of speed bumps, more like speed humps, in the delightfully dizzy comedy “Boeing Boeing” by Marc Camoletti at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury until Saturday, April 16.
Gil Brady’s Bernard is self-assured and quite content, actually pleased, more like arrogantly egotistical. As an architect living in a plum place like Paris, he has erected a supreme edifice of guile: he is engaged to a trio of air hostesses that he never intends to marry or have any of his ladies meet.
Using a sophisticated booking system, he makes sure the American TWA stewardess Gloria (Liz Clark Golson) is flying out before Gabriella (Olivia Gilliatt), his Italian doll from Alitalia, arrives. Of course, both America and Italy are in the skies when Gretchen (Amy Jo Jackson), his German cutie from Lufthansa, lands on his busy doorstep.
Bernard has carefully coached his maid Berthe (Sarah Knapp) to keep his secrets and prepare specialty foods for each lady. All is well until his old friend from Wisconsin Robert, a cautious and careful and envious R. Bruce Connelly, arrives unannounced. Robert sets off a comic chain of events that keeps all the bedrooms busy, causes Berthe to threaten to quit and gives Bernard ample evidence to question his sanity. Semina de Laurentis keeps everyone on their toes, with a lot of lips locking and fur flying in a flurry of foreign tongues.
For tickets ($29-37.50), call Seven Angels Theatre, Plank Road, Hamilton Park Pavilion, Waterbury at 203-757-4676 or online at www.sevenangelstheatre.org. Performances are
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Watch the shenanigans when Bernard’s specially tended schedule springs leaks that threaten to drown him in a sea of sorry lies and fantastic fibs.