Sometimes a play’s set design conveys very little. It’s merely a backdrop to the events of the show, with no specific meaning beyond setting a scene. But when you walk into a theatre and see a set filled with doors, you immediately expect mistaken identities, close calls, frantic door slamming, and laughs. Lots of laughs.
And that’s exactly what you get from Boeing, Boeing, a 1960’s French farce that saw an award-winning Broadway revival a few years ago and landed last weekend in a new production at the Warehouse Theatre.
David Bean stars as Bernard, a man fully in control of his Paris-based bachelor life. He’s got three fiancées – flight attendants all – but since each one works for a different airline, Bernard can precisely track their comings and goings with a flight schedule. With the help of his acerbic housekeeper, Berthe (Kelly Wallace), Bernard juggles life with three beautiful women – a no-nonsense American (Elizabeth Finley), a fiery Italian (Miranda Barnett), and a statuesque German (Claire Richardson). After Bernard’s friend Robert (Reed Halvorson) arrives from Wisconsin, the weather changes, timetables are challenged, and the real fun begins.
Read more of Neil Shurley’s Examiner.com review of Boeing Boeing.