Boeing-Boeing at Lakewood Theatre Company - Sampling from the Willamette Week Review
Theater review: Make no mistake, Boeing-Boeing is a funny play.
Published: Wednesday, August 3, 2011,
Photo by Lake Oswego Photographers.
Set in a snazzy Manhattan pad, Boeing-Boeing, a 1960 farce by Marc Camoletti, centers on the superficial fiancée-juggling of a three-timing joe (Ben Plont) who thinks he’s got it all. Lakewood Theatre Company’s production, directed by Alan Shearman, seeks to follow the current pop-culture penchant for simultaneously fetishizing and subtly mocking ’60s-era society by bringing back laughable male egoism, innocent misogyny, daytime drinking and a handful of Barbie’s muses—as if we have evolved so far that the mere presence of such phenomena constitutes a commentary on them.
Make no mistake: Boeing-Boeing is a funny play. Filled with airline-pun innuendo, entertaining portrayals of a militantly German flight attendant (Christy Drogosch) and a dopey 40-Year-Old Virgin-esque Minnesotan (Leif Norby)—not to mention an excellent bra-straddling dance by the aforementioned couple and much-needed snarkiness from a sharp-tongued housekeeper (Lisa Knox)—Boeing-Boeing doesn’t disappoint in the laugh department. But in between the gut busts and giggles is a substance-shaped hole that is only highlighted by the very jokes upon which the play’s simple, farcical nature rests: the persistent sly references to the protagonist’s “international harem” or the ease with which such supposed male dunces dupe and seduce the three stewardesses, who are known more by their employers’ names than their own. Go to Boeing-Boeing prepared to laugh, but leave your thinking cap at the door.
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