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‘Boeing-Boeing’ ready for flight at Old Globe

Theater patrons can travel back to the days of classic romantic comedy with the Old Globe’s Tony Award-winning farce, “Boeing-Boeing.” The hilarious charade involves Bernard (Rob Breckenridge), an airline pilot who has his life planned so well that he’s engaged to three women. Will he need a parachute to face his final leap into thin air? Find out when “Boeing-Boeing” runs March 13–April 18 in the Globe Theatre.

The original 1960s farce, written in French by Marc Camoletti, made a 1962 London premiere. While the New York production ran for only days, the London production ran for seven years. Mark Schneider, director of “Boeing-Boeing,” thinks the Globe patrons will find the show highly amusing.

“It’s the story of the Tortoise and the Hare,” Schneider said. “Bernard is a Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel, Ralph Kramden-type guy who has a can’t-miss scheme, but the audience is ahead of him. He believes he can remain engaged to three women with no problem, but nature intercedes. Schedules change, and the girls show up at different times than expected.”

Making a romantic comedy work requires a well-written script with great repartee. Marc Camoletti and Beverly Cross have stepped up to the plate with their amusing adaptation. A believable story must also have a seasoned cast able to deliver the goods. Schneider is excited by his cast.

Nancy Robinette as Berthe is the maid who works for Bernard but finds herself becoming the reluctant romantic traffic controller. She’s at her wits end trying to keep the farce going. The cast also includes Stephanie Fieger (Gabriella), Caralyn Kozlowski (Gretchen), Liv Rooth (Gloria) and Joseph Urla (Robert). Rob Howell’s Tony-nominated costumes, and set design, are featured in the Globe production.

‘Boeing-Boeing’

  • Where: The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park
  • When: Previews: 8 p.m. March 13 and 7 p.m. March 14, 16, 17; performances: 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; 7 p.m. Sundays, through April 18
  • Tickets: $29-$77; (619) 23-GLOBE,

www.TheOldGlobe.org