Ah, the elegant early ‘60s: the long-ago age of the “bachelor pad.” Unlike the frumpy “man caves” of today, the bachelor pad was the spot where Rock Hudson might wear down Doris Day. Hip interiors, a hi-fi set loaded with Johnny Mathis, and a portable bar made the scene.
Welcome to the world of “Boeing Boeing,” the high-flying comedy from Stage Door Players. It’s a hilarious layover of an evening, whether you remember those times or not. Our audience loved every mixed-up moment of ‘60s hilarity.
American playboy Bernard is living happily in an upscale Paris flat, tended by a grumpy French housekeeper, Berthe. He has worked out the ultimate bachelor scam: three fiancées, all flight attendants with different airlines, who arrive and depart on schedule, never encountering each other. There’s the saucy Southerner, the hot-blooded Italian, and the passionate German. Only in innocent times would a guy stake his happiness on the dependability of airlines.
Visiting shy-guy buddy Robert, from Wisconsin, can only marvel — and look on in shock as the whole setup turns inside out. It’s an air farce that leaves everybody up in the air. Attendants who expected to walk down the aisle may instead drag Bernard down one (thank goodness there wasn’t a United air hostess).
An evening of tough weather scrambles the schedules, and Bernard, Robert, and Berthe–don’t forget Berthe—find themselves doing madcap air traffic control.
Stage Door patrons may recognize the two male leads, Jacob York (Bernard) and John Markowski (Robert) as favorites of this house. York and Markowski are terrific with comedy, in line delivery as well as the physical demands of this brand of farce.
Also returning to Stage Door is Suzanne Zoller in the role of Gretchen, the German flight attendant. Gretchen is arguably (and she’s very “arguable”) the most physically demanding of the female roles. She’s great. Newcomer Shelli Delgado is well suited to play Gabriella, the fiery Italian. Bekah Medford also makes her Stage Door debut as Gloria, the steel magnolia from TWA. The trio pulls off the challenge of combining sex appeal and laughter.
Rounding out the cast is Denise Whelan, the long-suffering French maid, Berthe. The women all nail their various accents, by the way. Rosetta Stone will give this performance high marks.
“Boeing-Boeing” is directed by Stage Door Players’ Artistic Director Robert Egizio. Another beautiful set is provided by Chuck Welcome (Set Design/Scenic Artist) and cleverly lit by J.D. Williams (Lighting Design). Additional technical assistance is provided by Jim Alford (Costume Design), Kathy Ellsworth (Properties Design), Rial Ellsworth (Sound Design), George Deavours (Wig Design), Bill Byrne (Stage Manager), Rachael Hunter (Technical Director), A.J. Stevenson (Production Manager) and Galen Crawley York (Dialect Coach)
Performances continue through June 11 at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays with an additional 8 p.m. performance on Thursday, June 8. Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for senior adults, $22 for students, and $15 for youth under 12 years.
Tickets are available at 770-396-1726. Stage Door Players is located in the North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center at 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd. and at stagedoorplayers.net.