The Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society presents the Arts Club's production of Boeing-Boeing, a classical farce that will leave your ribs aching from laughter, on Nov. 5 at The Cultural Centre's main theatre.
Part of the Theatre Series at the Centre, Boeing-Boeing tells the story of Bernard, a successful architect in his 60s, who has even more success with the ladies. He juggles the hearts of three flight attendants, Gloria, Gabriella and Gretchen, also known as "America," "Italy," and "Germany," who jet in and out of his bachelor pad in Paris.
All is well until Boeing introduces a swifter jet, and Bernard's romantic timetable goes hysterically off course and turbulence looms on the horizon.
Written in 1960 by French playwright March Camoletti, Boeing-Boeing is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's most performed French play. Its original run in Paris lasted 19 years.
Camoletti's works have been translated into 18 languages, produced in 55 countries and adapted for television or film on 14 occasions. His plays have been attended by an estimated 20-million people and watched in a recorded version by half a billion people.
When discussing Boeing-Boeing's continuing popularity, director David Mackay says, "The simple answer is that the structure of this farce puts the characters in comic situations that remain ludicrously funny today. For all our incredible social and technological advancements made over the past fifty years, a good farce can exemplify that quality in human nature that for every step forward there's a banana peel to take us two steps back."
In terms of local accolades, The Georgia Strait deemed the play an early contender for best production of 2013.
Watch Bernard enjoy his whirlwind romances set in 1960s Paris, until Boeing decides to launch a newer, faster aircraft that causes his love life to veer off course.
. The show begins at 7:30 p.m and tickets are $32 for adults, $29 for seniors and $27 for students. Call the Centre Box Office at 604-391-SHOW(7469) for more information. Due to the adult materials and situations of this performance, Boeing-Boeing may not be appropriate for all audiences.
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