Laugh out loud and bounce on your seat with Repertory’s BOEING BOEING. It’s the Philippine premiere theatre company’s 76th season opener, a classic ’60s sex comedy by Marc Camoletti and translated from the original 60’s-set French play by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans. I had the opportunity to attend the press preview and I couldn’t help but rave about it! I’m no stranger to Repertory Philippines theatre presentations, having watched their plays since I was a kid back when they were still playing at the Insular Life Theatre. Since then, I have enjoyed their superb performances. BOEING BOEING is no different.
It tells the story of the swinging bachelor Bernard who couldn’t be happier. He owns a flat in Paris and is engaged with all three gorgeous stewardesses without knowing about each other. It’s all perfect in Bernard’s life until it gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new speedier Boeing jets throws him off all his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, with timid Robert getting involved in helping his friend manage the situation but keep forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms.
Miguel Faustmann did a great job in directing the play. The swinging bachelor Bernard Whitford, is a combination of Don Draper and Jack Tripper. He is a playboy who juggles love affairs with three air hostesses who touch down briefly but lovingly in his apartment between flights is played by David Bianco to a tee. Topper Fabregas plays the role of the unworldly Robert, Bernard’s boyhood friend, newly arrived from Wisconsin. Fabregas portrays that innocence that’s very much needed in the character.
Of course, not to be left behind are the three lovely ladies, bringing their own acting prowess to the play. I can see why a guy like Bernard would fall in love with them all at the same time. Bringing to mind fantasy drawings from a vintage Esquire or Playboy for a portfolio of international dream girls are the three fiancées: Giannina Ocampo as Gabriella, the sentimental, lusty Italian stewardess. Carla Dunareanu as Gretchen, the hilarious, aggressive, dominating but thin-skinned German stewardess. Jennifer Blair-Bianco as Gloria, the Southern belle with upbeat disposition take-charge health-obsessed American stewardess.
Baby Barredo plays the role of Bertha, Bernard’s long-suffering housekeeper who is a chic, black-clad philosopher. She is a French existentialist maid who loves nothing more than to complain. Barredo is such a natural on stage and I can say that she stole the show. I’m sure Joy Virata as the alternate will do great as well.
I just love theatre – the acting, the lines and the movements. Plus of course, this play is witty and fun! I also love the fact that the production tried their best to be faithful to the original play, with a twist. All three ladies wore clothes and accessories similar to that of a flight attendant. Even the bag has the airline’s logo on it. I’m sure they’d have more of it if needed, including a promotional emery boards if possible to make it more realistic. I’m trying my best not to give spoiler here. All I can say is you’ll definitely laugh out loud and bounce on your seat with Repertory’s BOEING BOEING. It has won the 2008 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a play and I’m glad it’s now in the Philippines.
Catch the the classic ’60s sex comedy BOEING BOEING, currently running until February 17, 2013 at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi St., Makati City. For further inquiries regarding the details of show, please call 5716926 or 5714941 or email email@example.com or log on to www.repertory.ph. Tickets are also available through Ticketworld at 8919999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph. Don’t forget to connect with Repertory Philippines on Youtube and Facebook.
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