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“Boeing Boeing” at Seattle Repertory Theatre | Arts Stage – Seattle Rage

“Boeing Boeing” at Seattle Repertory Theatre

To close out its 50th anniversary, Seattle Rep offers up a 50-year old play whose title speaks volumes to Seattleites and whose subject reminds us of that early feminist time when women were savoring a newfound freedom and men thought they could have it all. “Boeing Boeing” is a farce complete with slamming doors and replete with nostalgic reminders of a time that was. Allison Narver has directed a glorious confection filled with giggles and gauffaws.

At the center of this tale is Bernard, elegantly played by Richard Nguyen Sloniker, all snazzed up in his shiny sharkskin suit. He’s got the good life all figured out. Three gorgeous airline stewardesses, each of whom thinks she’s engaged to him, spend their layover nights in his oh so au courant Paris apartment. All possible because he carefully tracks the airline schedules to assure they don’t bump into one another

What an apartment he has! Carey Wong and the Rep’s design team have created a sleek, elegant setting, filled with technological gadgets, white plastic pod chairs, beanbag chairs, zebra-pillows, and a stereo that plays ’60s music. The set is a marvel, and do spend time in the lobby looking at the display that explains how it was conceived.

Elegant as Bernard is, his friend Robert is without a clue. He arrives from the States just as the schedules suddenly change for Bernard’s carefully timed airline lovelies and they all arrive almost simultaneously. That’s where the doors start slamming and the action becomes frenetic.

Angela DiMarco, Cheyenne Casebier, and Bhama Roget, clothed in Frances Kenny’s svelte and racy costumes play the three babes with sexy delight. But it’s Ann Allgood as the cranky maid and Mark Bedard as the unsophisticated Robert who steal the show.

It’s a feast of pratfalls and sight gags, some of them carried on for a bit too long, but overall a delightful bit of fluff, that provides a fun night at the thetre.

Through May 19 at Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St., Seattle, (206-443-2222 or www.seattlerep.org).

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