As soon as one is seated in Town Hall Arts Center's cozy theater, one can count seven doors behind a 1960s apartment's living room furnishings. That's an immediate clue to tonight's play, the classic farce “Boeing Boeing” by Marc Camoletti, as translated from the French by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans. It first played in Paris, then London in 1962 and had a Broadway revival in 2007, we learn from the director's notes.
It will be one of those door-slamming farces — entertaining when done well with perfect timing. And this one is indeed performed well.
Director Robert Wells has chosen a cast with comic chops and rehearsed with them until the ins and outs — and slams and surprised expressions — are executed with precision and at the same time with tongue firmly in cheek.
American playboy Bernard (Damon Guerrasio) has a charming flat in Paris and the latest copy of airline timetables right next to the phone on his desk. Through a connection at Orly Airport, he meets lovely air hostesses and manages to be engaged to three at one time, which works well as given the regular schedules, he can count on only one fiancée in Paris at a time.
“All the pleasures of a harem right here in Paris,” his friend Robert comments. “All you need is a timetable,” Bernard assures him.
A faster jet, bad weather, extra layover time and other factors interfere and chaos ensues, aided by the visit from his nerdy friend Robert (Casey Andree), who consistently says the wrong thing and is understandably confused about who is who.
Bernard's feisty American maid, Berdie (an excellent Leslie Randle Chapman), tries to maintain some semblance of order, changing out the appropriate photos and adapting the dinner menus as American Gloria (Lauren Bahlman), Italian Gabriella Cailin Doran) and German Gretchen (Nicole Campbell) arrive and depart.
Dressed in primary colors, with nice costume details by newcomer Nicole Zausmer, these three are playing Bernard's game too. Life-long commitment is not in the plan.
The fast-paced production offers physical comedy, mistaken identities, innuendo, misunderstanding and considerable silliness. Expect to spend the evening laughing and head out into the night with not a single pressing issue weighing you down.
If you go:
“Boeing Boeing” plays through Feb. 9 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Downtown Littleton. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $20-$40, 303-794-2787 ext. 5, www.townhallartscenter.com.