French farce is fun

Townsville Bulletin - - CLASSIFIEDS - RAY DICK­SON

TOWNSVILLE Lit­tle Theatre’s latest of­fer­ing, Boe­ing Boe­ing by Marc Camo­letti, is a French farce set in 1960s Paris.

It’s about a phi­lan­der­ing ar­chi­tect, Bernard ( Damien Jack­son), who has three fi­ancees on the go at the same time.

Each is a host­ess for a dif­fer­ent in­ter­na­tional air­line and he has to jug­gle their ar­rivals, overnight stays and de­par­tures through ju­di­cious plan­ning with the in­ter­na­tional flight sched­ule to en­sure they never meet.

When his old pro­fes­sor Robert ( Eric Blyth) turns up to visit, Bernard very proudly shows off his wicked ways, un­til a com­bi­na­tion of bad weather and the im­pend­ing in­tro­duc­tion of the new, faster Boe­ing air­craft cause his im­mac­u­lately timed world to be­gin to col­lapse.

The three hostesses, Jac­que­line from Air France ( Julie John­ston) Ju­dith from Lufthansa ( Carola Wei­d­ner) and Janet from TWA ( So­phie Stewart) are all ex­cel­lent in their roles, re­ally look the part and carry off their ac­cents with ease. The fi­nal cast mem­ber is beau­ti­fully played by Teri Thorne as the much put- upon and ex­as­per­ated house­keeper Bertha.

Be­ing a French farce, doors clos­ing as oth­ers open, dou­ble en­ten­dres and tele­phone calls are manda­tory.

Tim­ing is the key in this type of play and the cast did a good job to keep the au­di­ence laugh­ing loudly through­out.

Di­rec­tor Marc We­ston can be well sat­is­fied with his work in bring­ing this play to the stage.

It was un­for­tu­nate that, due to cir­cum­stances out­side ev­ery­one’s con­trol, the ac­tor who was to play Robert had to pull out less than a week be­fore open­ing.

It is a trib­ute to Eric Blyth that he jumped into the role at such short no­tice and, de­spite hav­ing to use palm cards for the lines, made a good fist of the part. It did lead to a cer­tain un­even­ness in some scenes, but that did not spoil the au­di­ence’s en­joy­ment.

Damien Jack­son gave a con­vinc­ing per­for­mance and made the au­di­ence be­lieve a man could re­ally jug­gle three women at once, at least for a time.

His trans­for­ma­tion into a ner­vous wreck as his world crum­bled around him was well han­dled.

The set de­sign and cos­tum­ing were quite out­stand­ing and true to the pe­riod, for this is a play rooted firmly in the swing­ing ’ 60s.

It’s a “sexy com­edy” but it con­tains noth­ing that will of­fend any­one.

It cer­tainly has some faults with flow and tim­ing, but this should im­prove as the sea­son pro­gresses.

If the open­ing night au­di­ence was an in­di­ca­tion, you should make the ef­fort to see it.

GOOD SHOW: The cast of Boe­ing Boe­ing Eric Blyth, Carola Wei­d­ner, Teri Thorne, So­phie Stewart, Julie John­ston and Damien Jack­son.

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