Act II Playhouse Opens 11th Season With BOEING-BOEING 9/22-10/18
Broadway comes to Ambler, as Act II Playhouse opens its 11th season in September with the Tony Award-winning hit play Boeing-Boeing. Act II Associate Artistic Director Harriet Power directs the post-Broadway world premiere of the smash-hit revival of Marc Camoletti's 1960s effervescent farce.
The show - which opens for previews on Sept. 22 - was revived last year on Broadway in an adaption by Beverley Cross. Act II's production stars Tony Braithwaite, Kristyn Chouiniere, Jessica DalCanton, Sarah Doherty, Anthony Lawton, and Deven Walker.
Boeing-Boeing spins its zany tale of intrigue and surprise around an American architect [Lawton] who rents a swanky Paris apartment and gets himself engaged to three sexy flight attendants [Chouiniere, DalCanton and Walker] whose schedules interlock with pitch-perfect precision. With his dour French housekeeper [Doherty] juggling breakfasts and bedding, each fiancée thinks she's the only one...until an old school pal [Braithwaite] visits, flights get cancelled, and chaos crackles. Miraculously (and delightfully) amidst the mayhem, love triumphs!
Three preview performances of Boeing-Boeing will be held Sept. 22-24, with tickets discounted at $20. Opening night is Sept. 25, and the show runs through Oct. 18. Tickets are $25 for all Wednesday-Thursday performances and $30 for Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, visit www.act2.org or call the Act II Box Office at (215) 654-0200.
Boeing-Boeing was first revived in London in 2007 and received Olivier Award nominations the following year for Best Revival and for Best Actor. Act II's production is the first since the play moved to Broadway's Longacre Theatre and won the 2008 Tony for Best Revival of a Play. When it closed, Camoletti's classic comedy played for 280 performances and 17 previews.
Director Power commented: "Many friends who saw the Broadway revival tell me they can't wait to see Boeing-Boeing again! For audiences new to the play, think James-Bond style sexiness and sophistication mixed with Marx Brothers/Will Ferrell-esque banana-peel-slipping, door-slamming, madcap physical comedy.
"As a director, I savor the challenge of making the farce fly while also capturing the very real hungers and humanity common to all of us," added Power. "In our worrisome and politically difficult times, farce in general, and this play in particular, are good for the soul."
Power, a Barrymore Award-winning director and a Professor of Theatre at Villanova University, is no stranger to the fast-paced style of farce. She directed Villanova Theatre's 2008 Barrymore-nominated production of Georges Feydeau's 21-character comedy Le Dindon (An Absolute Turkey) last November, where she had previously revived Michael Hollinger's comic farce Incorruptible in 2006.
Braithwaite, a popular comedic actor in Philadelphia, has performed in Act II's season opener in four of the last five seasons, most recently in Marie Jones' Stones in His Pockets. He won the 2005 Barrymore Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Act II's production of The Big Bang and wowed audiences with his virtuoso portrayal of George Burns in Say Goodnight Gracie. He last performed at Montgomery Theater, portraying 40 characters in Fully Committed.
Lawton starred as George in Of Mice and Men (Walnut), Austin in True West and Feste in Twelfth Night (Lantern). His original play, The Foocy, received five Barrymore nominations, including one for Best New Play.
Lawton and Braithwaite are part of the ensemble nominated for the 2009 Barrymore Award for Best New Play for This is the Week That Is: The Election Special! (1812 Productions).
Boeing-Boeing features a design by James Leitner (lighting; Barrymore Award for Act II's 2004 production of Mary's Wedding), and by Barrymore nominees Dirk Durossette (scenery), Millie Hiibel (costumes), and Mark Valenzuela (sound).
Boeing-Boeing is sponsored by the Philadelphia law offices of Fox Rothschild. B-101 is the exclusive season radio sponsor of Act II Playhouse's 2009-10 season.
SPECIAL DRESS REHEARSAL FUNDRAISER
The final dress rehearsal of Boeing-Boeing will be open to the public on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. Suggested donation is $10, and all contributions will be donated to Angel Flight East (AFE), in honor of Steven and Daniel Altman, two volunteer pilots who were killed in the Aug. 8 collision of their plane with a tour helicopter over the Hudson River. Angel Flight East, based at Wings Field in Blue Bell, provides free air transportation to seriously ill patients who need medical treatment at health care facilities far from their hometowns.