Theater to give mile-high performance

Seth Woolcock, Lead Culture Writer,

IUP Lively Arts will present the Tony Award-winning show “Boeing, Boeing” to close out its Theater-by-the-Grove season.

“Boeing, Boeing” will be performed at the Waller Mainstage Theater at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The show can also be seen at 2 p.m. Sunday and at 8 p.m. April 26, 27, 28 and 29.

“Boeing, Boeing” is a French farce written by Marc Camoletti and translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans in 1962. The show won the Tony for Best Revival in 2008. The plot of the play follows a rich bachelor living in Paris who is secretly engaged to three women. Everything goes haywire when all three women come to visit on the same weekend.

IUP musical theater professor Rob Gretta will be directing the show. Gretta brings more than 30 years of professional experience to the table.

“We really wanted to end this season with a comedy,” Gretta said. “We also haven’t had the opportunity to do a farce in a long time, so that’s exciting.”

The costumes for the play are described as similar to the popular TV series “Mad Men.” The women’s costumes will resemble 1960s flight attendants. Each will be a different color.

“You can expect a lot of belly laughs from this show,” Gretta said. “It also gives [a] great expose on relationships between men and women in the 1960s.”

As many French farces do, “Boeing, Boeing” will contain some inappropriate scenes. It’s recommended only for people high school-aged and up.

As director of multiple shows simultaneously, Gretta said the feeling is “satisfying above all else.”

“‘Boeing, Boeing’ is a fast-paced show that is fun and flirty,” said Sydnee Elder (senior, fine arts), an actress in the show. “The energy from the cast is so much fun to play off of.

“I play Berthe, the French maid, and I love her snarky attitude and humor, which adds an interesting contrast to the other women,” Elder said. “Her interactions between Robert and Bernard are some of my favorite moments within the show.”

Tickets can be purchased at the Hadley Union Building box office. Regular tickets are $15, and tickets for senior citizens, I-Card-holders and children are $12.