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Boeing Boeing: A Farce in Two Acts

Boeing Boeing: A Farce in Two Acts
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Marc Camoletti
Translated by: Beverley Cross and Francis Evans
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 104
Pub. Date: 2013
Edition: Revised
ISBN-10: 0573700281
ISBN-13: 9780573700286
Cast Size: 4 women, 2 men

About the Play:

Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

Boeing Boeing is a full-length comedy by Marc Camoletti. This classic French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage by Beverley Cross features a self-styled Parisian playboy, who has Italian, German, and American fiancees, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent "layovers." He keeps "one up, one down and one pending." But his careful planning is turned upside down when everyone comes together for the layover of a lifetime! What could possibly go wrong? Fasten your seat belts!

Boeing Boeing centers on Bernard, a successful American architect in swinging sixties Paris, who's even more successful with the ladies. In fact, he juggles the hearts of three gorgeous flight attendants who jet in and out of his groovy bachelor pad: Gloria, Gabriella, and Gretchen — aka "America," "Italy," and "Germany" — all engaged to him without knowing about each other. The stressed-out French maid, Berthe, tramps around the apartment changing the décor and the menu to suit each woman. But Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy. His long-lost school pal Robert comes to stay, and when Boeing introduces a faster jet, his precise romantic timetable goes hysterically off course. Soon all three fiancées are in town simultaneously. The result is a side-splitting unravelling of his careful, romantic planning. Timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and turbulence looms. This translation by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans was used for multi-award winning runs on London's West End in 2007 and Broadway in 2008.

Boeing Boeing started life as a French-language play that opened in Paris in 1960, where it ran for 19 years and is the most-performed French play in the world. The English‐language adaptation premiered in London at the Apollo Theatre in 1962 and transferred to the Duchess Theatre in 1965, running for a total of seven years. It was first presented on Broadway at the Cort Theatre in 1965. It spawned award-winning revivals in London (2007) and Broadway (2008), a successful 1965 film adaptation, and has played constantly throughout the English speaking world, in particular North America where it has become a popular choice for dinner and community theatre productions.

Cast: 4 women, 2 men

What people say:

"A broad and frantic farce." — New York World Telegram &Sun

"It's deliciously, deliriously innocent." — The New York Times

"This latest edition of a play named for an aircraft soars right out of its time zone and into some unpolluted stratosphere of classic physical comedy. Propelled by the same gusty spirit that animated Commedia dell'Arte and the silent films of Keaton, Chaplin and Lloyd, [this] may be earthy, but it's seldom earthbound." — The New York Times

About the Playwright:

Marc Camoletti (1923-2003) was a prolific Swiss-born, French playwright during the latter half of the twentieth century. Best known for his classic farce Boeing Boeing, he wrote 40 plays, which have been translated into 18 languages and produced professionally in 55 countries. It's estimated that 20 million people have seen his plays live and half a billion people have seen a recorded version.

Beverley Cross (1931-1998) was an English playwright and screenwriter who helped launch Dame Maggie Smith on her illustrious acting career and later married her. He is best known for his translation of Marc Camoletti's French farce Boeing-Boeing.

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