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Review: Boeing Boeing, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

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Farce is tailor made for the stage and none, more so, than Boeing Boeing.

The curtain at The Everyman Theatre Cheltenham rises to the scene of a swanky 60’s Parisian flat offset by seven doors for those split second exits which separate the three fiancées of Bernard who juggles his love life around the airline timetable.

Despite two of the glamorous flight attendants being played by Hollyoaks’ actresses (Kim Tiddy and Ciara Janson) it is the more downtrodden maid Bertha (Anita Graham) who steals the show with her deadpan put downs as she shuffles around the flat in her yellow tights and pinny rotating the photographs of each girl.

After all in Bernard’s opinion “fiancées are more friendly than wives” so has no intention to marry any of them!

Time and new technology soon catch up with architect Bernard, played with gusto by Ben Roddy, who thinks he can still juggle his international harem of hostesses - Gloria (TWA), Gabrielle (Air France) and Gretchen (Zoie Kennedy) who flies with Lufthansa despite the arrival of a new faster Boeing…

And this is when the fun starts as Bernard, Bertha and his old school friend Robert all try to keep the women separate – behind all those doors!

The lies become more and more difficult to reconcile as the trio improvise at breath-taking speed in a near faultless piece of theatrical invention with the inevitable hilarious consequences

Robert played by Philip Stewart is superb as the friend caught up in the drama embracing every twist and turn of this 60’s bedroom romp written by Marc Camoletti – which may not be quite so politically correct today with its stereotypical characters!

Despite this it is quick witted, has an outstanding cast especially Robert who never ceases to be amazed by what he is seeing and knits the whole plot together with pace and energy.

As Bertha sighs: “You will go a long way to see something like this again” – and she is probably right!

This is definitely a winter warmer.

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