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Genesius’ ‘Boeing-Boeing’ will take you on a high-flying, hilarious trip

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 STORY WRITTEN BY CHERYL THORNBURG 
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Get set for a wild and wacky ride in Genesius Theatre’s latest production, “Boeing-Boeing,” a hilarious farce set in the swinging Sixties. French playwright Marc Camoletti penned the original which was translated and modified somewhat by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans for the English version.
It tells the improbable, but highly entertaining tale of Bernard, an American playboy living in Paris, who juggles three flight-attendant fiancées — one American, one German, and one Italian. With the help of airline timetables and a phenomenally efficient housekeeper, he convinces each that she is his only love. But he’s in for some turbulence when a fast new Boeing jet puts the flight attendants on a collision course, and in Paris at the same time. When an old friend arrives, things get even more complicated.

Erin Dixon as Gretchen the German stewardess, Kelly Schmehl as Bertha the sullen Russian maid, Regina Malarky as Gloria the American stewardess, and Dara Himes as Gabriella the Italian stewardess in the Genesius Theatre production of the hysterical comedy “Boeing-Boeing.”. Photo taken at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum. Photo by Kathi Christie

Erin Dixon as Gretchen the German stewardess, Kelly Schmehl as Bertha the sullen Russian maid, Regina Malarky as Gloria the American stewardess, and Dara Himes as Gabriella the Italian stewardess in the Genesius Theatre production of the hysterical comedy “Boeing-Boeing.”. Photo taken at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum. Photo by Kathi Christie

Boeing-Boeing, is directed by Genesius Artistic Producer, L J Fecho who is also designing the set, lights and costumes for the production. “This is an extremely funny farce and we are so looking forward to presenting this zany comedy to greater Reading audiences. If you love to laugh, this is certainly the show for you!” he said.
The cast consists of six top-flight local actors: Brandon Reimer, as Robert, who wowed Genesius audiences in last season’s “The 39 Steps;” Erin Dixon, who recently portrayed Becca Corbett with stark honesty and blinding pathos in the life-shattering play “Rabbit Hole,” and is now playing Gretchen (the German Stewardess); Kelly Schmehl, one of Genesius’ directors, who just played several very funny roles in “Hairspray” is playing the very droll Russian housekeeper Berthe; Taylor Clark, also just played several comedic roles in “Hairspray,” plays Bernard the bachelor. Dara Himes and Regina Malarky, who just finished being the evil mother/daughter team of Amber and Velma in “Hairspray,” now take to the friendly skies. Dara takes on the role of Gabrielle (the Italian Stewardess) and Regina will play Gloria (the American Stewardess).
As part of Genesius’ commitment to offering the youth of Greater Reading a chance to learn by doing, two of Genesius’ top teens, Briana Christie and Mamie Covell, will be stage managers for the production. In addition, two other top teens, Elizabeth Siani, is running lights, and Kara Snyder is running sound. All four of the girls attend the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Arts and are mentored by Genesius Artistic Producer, L J Fecho.
Hair, makeup and wigs are being handled by Carmen Painter of United Artists Salon and Spa in West Reading, scenic art by Marjory Ewald and set construction by John Bigos and Betty Gerstner.

Taylor Clark stars as Bernard, the American in Paris who takes flight in the Genesius Production of the very funny farce comedy “Boeing-Boeing.” Photo taken at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum. Photo by Kathi Christie

Taylor Clark stars as Bernard, the American in Paris who takes flight in the Genesius Production of the very funny farce comedy “Boeing-Boeing.” Photo taken at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum. Photo by Kathi Christie

IF YOU GO
“Boeing-Boeing” opens Friday, Sept. 4 and runs evenings through Sunday, Sept. 13 (with the exception of Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 7 and 8). Curtain time is at 7:30 p.m. each night. Matinee performances are offered at 3 p.m. on two Sundays, Sept. 6 and 13. Tickets are Friday/Saturday/Sunday – all seats $20 and Wednesday/Thursday — $15. Go to www.genesiusdifference.org or call 610-373-9500 card fees apply. Tickets also available at the door. The play is rated G. (minor adult situations comedy) Genesius Theatre is handicapped accessible and there is free parking (limited spaces available) next to the theater. For more information, call the theater at 610-371-8151.

 

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