Monday, March 31, 2014

GET READY TO TAKE OFF FOR COMEDY WITH “BOEING BOEING”




If you’re familiar with the computer or twitter phrase L.O.L., you know it can mean Laugh Out Loud, Lots of Laughs and even Lots of Love.  Happily it means all three in the hilarious comedy written by Marc Camoletti “Boeing Boeing” flying high weekends until Saturday, April 26 at Connecticut Cabaret Theatre in Berlin.

Fasten your seat belts and put your seat in an upright position as the laughing gas starts flowing freely from the gas mask overhead.  Bernard is an architect living the good life in Paris, a bachelor with a great apartment and a brilliant plan to have his cake and eat it too, with no intention of losing his head in the process.

Joe Autuoro’s Bernard is giving “swinging” a new name.  He is a juggler, not of balls or of eggs, but of fiancees. His master plan is simple and ingenious:  date a trio of air hostesses and coordinate their time table flying schedules so they never meet.

His romantic revolving door life style is the envy of an old friend from America Robert, an admiring Chris Pearson, who comes to visit unannounced and stays on to marvel.

Helping Bernard organize his involving plot is his maid Berthe, delightfully droll in the hands of Barbara Horan.  While not approving of his shenanigans, she is willing to be bribed, through her increasing pay check, to help Bernard pull off the ruse.

Meanwhile, offering Bernard “coffee, tea or me” are a bevy of international beauties:  Meagan Bomar’s down-to-earth and devoted Gloria, the American TWA stewardess, Kaite Corda’s passionate and pouty Gabriella with Alitalia and Ashley Ayala’s fiery and flamboyant Gretchen with Luftansa. This worldly harem works wonderfully as long as each lady arrives and departs on schedule.  What would happen, however, if a storm hits, a flight is cancelled, a new plane decreases travel time?  Comic chaos for sure, under the skilled hands of Captain Kris McMurray as chief pilot.  This cast goes over the top to fly high into the comedy clouds.

For tickets ($30), call the CT Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, Berlin at 860-829-1248 or online at www.ctcabaret.com.  Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with doors opening at 7:15 p.m. Bring goodies to share at your table or plan to visit the dessert bar on site.

With a  philosophy of no panic/no problem, watch Bernard’s superb juggling skills crash and burn as an unexpected wind blows his super scheduling way off course.

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