Jet on a sky-high ad­ven­ture with Boe­ing Boe­ing

A sky-high af­fair re­turns for its fourth stag­ing – we got a Casanova and his three girl­friends to tide us through the tur­bu­lence.

Time Out Singapore - - The Hot List - By Re­becca Liew

‘Come on. Women love to be toyed with!’

ONE MAN, three air stew­ardesses. What’s a Casanova to do?

En­ter the suave bach­e­lor, Bernard (Rod­ney Oliveiro), who’s jug­gling three re­la­tion­ships at once, each girl­friend bliss­fully un­aware of the oth­ers. But things go of­fk­il­ter when his friend Robert vis­its and up­ends his world.

This is W!LD RICE’s restag­ing of Boe­ing Boe­ing, di­rected by Pam Oei – and in cel­e­bra­tion of the play’s fourth stag­ing on our shores, we quiz three very clue­less stew­ardesses (and the smooth op­er­a­tor him­self) on the se­crets to, uh, a last­ing re­la­tion­ship.

The swingin’ bach­e­lor Hello, Bernard! How long have you been lead­ing the three stew­ardesses on?

Long enough to make the game work. And I re­sent that you’re im­ply­ing that I’m some­how toy­ing with them. Come on. Women love to be toyed with!

Where’d you get the idea to tin­ker with the emo­tions of the beau­ti­ful stew­ardesses?

There you go again. Let’s look at it this way. It’s not like I’m one man cheat­ing on three women? I like to think of it as one man who’s sort of split in three, but each part’s, like, still whole.

Just be­tween us, who’s your favourite to date?

There are no favourites here. Favourites are an im­pos­si­bil­ity. It’s like when you go for a buf­fet: am I in the mood for some­thing spicy, or do I just skip to dessert? Al­to­gether, the girls com­plete me… just not at the same time.

Have you ever dated just one per­son ex­clu­sively, or is that un­think­able to you?

There was a bit of a ‘lost’ pe­riod in the late ’90s where I dated a string of – shall we say – monog­a­mous peo­ple. That was be­fore I dis­cov­ered that I had a gift for num­bers. Ev­ery­one has a magic num­ber, you know? Mine just hap­pens to be three.

The obliv­i­ous ladies

So, how’d you meet Bernard?

Jeanette (Oon Shu An): In the sky. It was love at first flight. He didn’t want cof­fee or tea. I was the ob­vi­ous choice. Jin Jin (Judee Tan): Sree months. [English is ev­i­dently not her strong­est suit.]

Jayan­thi (Sangeetha Do­rai):

We met through a mu­tual friend. Al­most like an ar­ranged mar­riage, ex­cept my par­ents weren’t in­volved – thank God.

How long have you been see­ing him?

Jeanette: This kind of thing, don’t need to count lah. Around 753 days.

How does he treat you?

Jeanette: He al­ways lets me have my way. But I also sayang him a lot, okay.

Jin Jin: Oh, he make me spe­cial all ways, al­ways. Left, right, up, down, def­i­nitely cen­tre…

Jayan­thi: He’s so sweet, yar. He al­ways takes time to pick me from the air­port, gives me lit­tle gifts and leaves me a mes­sage when­ever he thinks of me. But most im­por­tantly, he doesn’t bother me at work. I love a man who lav­ishes me but is also se­cure with­out me. When he re­spects my in­de­pen­dence as a woman – it makes me feel ul­tra-spe­cial and oh-so-sexy. Such a dar­ling, no? à Boe­ing Boe­ing is at Vic­to­ria Theatre from Jun 23-Jul 22. $45-$80.


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