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TPNC's 'Boeing Boeing' typifies farce comedy

Published 12:04 pm, Sunday, July 28, 2013
  • Appearing in "Boeing, Boeing," the Town Players of New Canaan summer show, are, from left, Annaliese Kirby, Linda Moran Branch, Sarah Giggar and Damian Long, seated. Photo: Contributed
    Appearing in "Boeing, Boeing," the Town Players of New Canaan summer show, are, from left, Annaliese Kirby, Linda Moran Branch, Sarah Giggar and Damian Long, seated. Photo: Contributed

 

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"Boeing Boeing," the Town Players of New Canaan's summer show, opening Friday, July 26, at the Powerhouse Theatre in Waveny Park, typifies the popular genre of farce comedy.

"It uses the same comic devices as `Frasier,' `I Love Lucy,' `Blithe Spirit,' `The Three Stooges' and hundreds of other hilarious farces through the centuries," said producer Patrick Kiley.

Kiley said there's an "extravagant and improbable plot": a happy 1960s bachelor managing not one, not two, but three beautiful fiancees, all of whom are airline stewardesses.

The arrogant playboy Bernard is played by Damian Long, his stressed-out maid Berthe is played by Cindy Hartog, his wide-eyed Midwestern sidekick Robert is performed by Ryan Hendrickson, and stereotyped sexy stewardesses are played by Sarah Giggar (TWA), Annaliese Kirby (Lufthansa) and Linda Moran Branch (Alitalia).

"There's an obstacle: Introduction of a faster Boeing jet airplane makes flight schedules unpredictable, so all three fiancees show up in Bernard's apartment on the same day," said Kiley.

"And finally, there's laugh-out-loud physical comedy, much of which involves the set's seven doors, which the characters pop into and out of with amazing comic precision, like `Laugh-In.' "

TPNC board member Tom Butterworth said, "People will laugh just seeing the set. They'll sense the zaniness that's coming."

Director Chris Peterson invites audiences to "fasten your seat belts and enjoy some high-altitude fun."

"Boeing Boeing" will be performed at 8 p.m. July 26 and 27 and Aug. 2, 3, 9 and 10 and at 2:30 p.m. on July 28 and Aug. 4.

Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors, and may be purchased by calling 203-966-7371 or at www.tpnc.org.