‘Boeing Boeing’ comes in for a landing

By Tim Moore
Special to The PREVIEW

Hard on the heels of their previous January season productions of “Office Space: The Musical” and “Guys on Ice,” Thingamajig Theatre Company kicked off the new year with another hilarious comedy. The Broadway smash-hit and Tony award-winning comedy “Boeing Boeing” runs through Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

Directed by Ryan Hazelbaker, who also directed “Spamalot,” “The Full Monty” and “Winter Wonderettes,” the show stars six of the funniest and most talented actors, including four local favorites. In line with the current popularity of retro 1960’s culture, the show will add sparkle and sizzle to everyone’s post-holiday blues.

This hilarious, sexy comedy follows successful Paris architect Bernard (Tim Moore) and his belligerent housekeeper Bertha (Betty Schwicker) as he keeps his ambitious love life with three flight attendant fiancées on the boil while juggling their flight schedules as she frantically changes the pictures and knick-knacks with the arrival and departure of each drop-dead gorgeous young woman: Gloria, a Southern health-food nut who flies for TWA (Melissa Cheffers); Gabriella, a fiery Italian bombshell from Alitalia (Dana Colagiovanni); and Gretchen, a passionate, domineering female from Lufthansa (Laura Moore).

All goes like a dream until the airlines suddenly transfer the girls to their new, faster, Boeing super-jets, throwing their schedules into an unpredictable frenzy. To add to the chaos, a naive college friend of Bernard’s — Robert (Steven Sitzman) — arrives unexpectedly and innocently threatens to give the whole game away with his Heartland honesty. A bumpy ride is guaranteed for all.

“Boeing Boeing” premiered in Paris in 1960, London in 1962 and New York in 1965. Paramount Pictures released a movie version that same year starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis, which won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play in 2008. In 1991, the Guinness Book of Records honored the show as the most-produced French play around the world.

Audiences who’ve seen “Boeing Boeing” are calling it, “The best Thingamajig show yet,” “The funniest thing I’ve ever seen.” And, “Two hours of uninterrupted belly laughter.”

“Boeing Boeing” has enjoyed multiple sold-out performances and closes this weekend, so don’t delay.

Final performances begin tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. and run Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. To celebrate the upcoming Denver Broncos Super Bowl game, Thingamajig is offering a special promotional discount on tonight’s and Saturday’s performances. When you purchase your tickets online, enter BRONCOS at checkout and you’ll save $2 off each ticket, bringing your ticket price to $18, and we all love number 18 right now.

So grab your boarding pass for plenty of shenanigans, laughs and boomer nostalgia.

“Boeing Boeing” is rated PG-13. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For tickets and information, please visit www.pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW.

This story was posted on January 23, 2014.