ON THE RUNWAY
What better time to jet away to a getaway in Paris than January? And if you can’t do it literally, than hop on board Boeing Boeing, the comedy farce set in gay Paree and opening at Star Playhouse at the Suffolk Y-JCC on Saturday, January 11. This madcap, laugh-out-loud production, listed in The Guinness Book of Records as the most-performed French play throughout the world, had an original run and revival on Broadway where it won two Tonys.
The setting is the Parisian pad of architect Bernard (Mark Santaromita of Huntington). Bernard is a charmer – in fact he has three fiancées, all airline hostesses; his Italian amore Gabriella (Karen Santaromita, Huntington), his American beauty Gloria (Ashley Moyett, Jericho), and his gregarious German Gretchen (June Damadeo, Northport). And Bernard is a master at juggling their estimated times of arrival without a hitch. But turbulence develops in the form of his old college pal, Robert, a rube from Wisconsin (Steve Brustein, Manhasset), coupled with some weather delays and the enhanced speed of the Boeing fleet. Bernard is befriended and belittled by Berthe, his French maid (Suzie Lustig, Greenlawn). Soon, Bernard has to wing it as he is frantically propelled toward disaster by the simultaneous arrival of his three seductive stewardesses. Boeing Boeing is directed by Jim Redding of Northport and produced by Sandy Lory-Snyder of Hauppauge.
Star Playhouse at the Suffolk Y-JCC is located at 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack 11725. Performance dates are Saturdays January 11 and 25 at 8:00 pm, and Sundays January 12, 19 and 26 at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices are $25.00 for the general public and $20 for seniors, students and Suffolk Y members. The theater is handicapped accessible, has a hearing assistance system and ample free parking. Tickets are available online at www.starplayhouse.com or syjcc-performingartscenter.eventbrite.com, or may be ordered by calling the Box Office at 631-462-9800 ext. 136. Group rates are available.