‘Boeing Boeing’ still in flight this weekend

By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW

Thingamajig Theatre Company’s hilarious farce, “Boeing Boeing,” continues its run this weekend, Friday and Saturday, at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

Playwright Marc Camoletti’s show received its Broadway revival in 2008, collecting the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

‘Boeing Boeing’ was translated into English in 1962 and first staged in London at the Apollo Theatre before transferring to the Duchess in 1965, where it ran for seven years. In 1991, the Guinness Book of World records listed “Boeing Boeing” as the most-performed French play throughout the world.

The setting is the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous air hostesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new, speedier Boeing Jet throws off all his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and side-splitting catastrophe looms.

“It’s the essence of farce,” says Steven E. Sitzman, who plays Robert in the play. “All the actors are thoroughly exhausted at the end of the performance. I’m primarily a musical theatre actor and this show is as hard or harder than any musical I’ve performed in physically.”

Sitzman, an actor in last summer’s “Spamalot” and “The Full Monty’,” joins other past Thingamajig performers Dana Colgiovanni, Laura and Tim Moore, and Melissa Cheffers, along with newcomer Betty Schwicker to create a rollicking two hours and twenty minutes of mayhem on stage.

“What’s great about the connection between the characters in the show and the actors on stage is that I knew each of these performers prior to their casting and was well aware of their talents. The physicality and verbosity, that is the physical demands of this show are huge and these actors and I are still having fun — we weren’t at each other throats. It was all around a labor of love,” remarks Producing Artistic Director Tim Moore, who also plays Bernard in the show. “This is a really funny show. If you can’t afford a trip to France at least take a small two-and-half-hour vacation and come and have a good time.”

Thingamajig Theatre Company presents, “Boeing Boeing” by Marc Camoletti and directed by Ryan Hazelbaker. Rated PG-13. Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through Jan. 26 at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. For ticketing and further information, please visit www.pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW.

This story was posted on January 16, 2014.