Theatre UCF's summer season opens with the bedroom farce "Boeing Boeing," running from June 13-July 20 in the Black Box theater.
Marc Camoletti's comedy centers on architect Bernard (Patrick Sylvester), who, with the help of his long-time buddy Robert (Eric Earley) and his surly maid Bertha (Kate Ingram), juggles three fiancées (Emily Schwartz, Danielle Miller and Kim Hough), all flight attendants with different travel schedules.
The show is full of door slamming, physical and verbal comedy, and sexual innuendo as Bernard's meticulous time tables fail — and inevitably the women converge upon the apartment at once.
Fast-paced comedy such as "Boeing Boeing" isn't easy for actors. Director Mark Brotherton focuses his attention on the benefits to the students.
"Training wise, farces like 'Boeing' help them learn pace and timing — both having to come from incredibly hard active listening," he says. "And on top of that, it needs to be believable."
"In comedy, the actor has to believe the situation and the stakes. And the best comedies are like this one. They occur when normal people (at least in their own eyes) are thrown into incredibly abnormal situations. Their world has been thrown out of order, and they will all try anything and everything to get it back into order."
In addition to learning about timing, there are plenty of foreign dialects in the play for the students to master. The play takes place in Paris, so Bertha speaks with a French accent. The three flight attendants are from Italy, Germany, and New York.
Miller, who plays the role of Italian flight attendant Gabrielle, transferred to UCF this summer and is in her first UCF production. "I had never used an Italian dialect prior to my audition, but I watched a lot of movies in order to get the hang of it. I'm channeling Sophia Loren and Penelope Cruz in 'Nine.'"
Brotherton thinks audiences will appreciate the comedy's sense of fun.
"Boeing Boeing is just a good time," he says. "'Mad Men' is one of the biggest hits on television. And 'Boeing Boeing,' well, it's like 'Mad Men' without any Valium or Scotch to calm the characters down."
WHEN: 8 p.m. June 13-15, June 20-22, and July 12, 18 and 20; 2 p.m. June 16, June 23 and July 14
WHERE: Theatre UCF Black Box, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando
TICKETS: $20, $18 seniors, $10 students
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