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.
‘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.